Surprise Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

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My family loves to eat and usually that is a good thing but with so many of our foods being high in carbohydrates and other undesirable ingredients I have been avoiding making their favorite dishes.

I still receive the requests to make some of our family favorites but I have been trying to recreate these recipes in a healthier way. My newest creation is this Surprise Cheesy Broccoli Casserole that has less carbohydrates and calories than the original recipe but even more of that cheesy tasty flavor!

Surprise Broccoli Casserole


I bet you are wondering what the surprise is aren’t you? Whenever I hear there is a surprise in my food I am a little hesitant to take a bite but trust me this is worth waiting for.

Surprise Cheesy Broccoli CasseroleThe surprise is that instead of crackers or a floury mixture, I just used Pork rinds. Crazy right? I have recently learned that pork rinds are not only high in protein but they are low in carbohydrates! That information has put me on mission to create as many tasty dishes as I can using this crunchy low carb treat.

This recipe is so tasty that I shared it on Fox News. Everyone loved it as much as my family did and you will too!


All you need to make this delicious dish is :

Surprise Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

2 Pound Bag of Frozen Broccoli

1 Pound of Velveeta Cheese

 1 (2.5 Ounce) Bag of Rudolph’s Pork Rinds

1 Tablespoon of Butter

Your Favorite Casserole Dish


Surprise Broccoli Casserole

The first step to making this Surprise Broccoli Casserole is to steam your broccoli or boil until soft (about 10-15 minutes) depending on which method you prefer. I boil it for a quick meal although I know that this may take out some of the nutrients I just don’t always have the time to steam my veggies.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees and when the Broccoli is softened, strain and add to a casserole dish. I then stir in chunks of Velveeta cheese making sure to evenly spread throughout the broccoli.

Surprise Broccoli Casserole

Crush the pork rinds by either smashing them while in a bag or crumbling in your hand, I prefer the crumbling in my hand. I then sprinkle the crumbled pork rinds on top.

Melt the butter until it is liquid and pour evenly over the top of the casserole.

Pop it in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes. The topping may achieve a brown crisp on top where the butter was poured, this is my daughter’s favorite part!

Surprise Cheesy Broccoli


Did you try this Surprise Cheesy Broccoli Casserole recipe yet? What did your family think of the surprise?


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    This sounds tasty! I have never thought to put pork rinds in broccoli casserole, but it sounds tasty!

  2. This sounds like a really good casserole! I would never have thought to crush up pork rinds for a casserole and we all love broccoli in our house.

  3. I eat my broccoli plain, but my Daughter and Grankids love the cheese on it. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. That is a very interesting meal! I don’t know if my kids would like it!

  5. It was a surprise to see pork rines! I bet this is so good. I love a good casserole.

  6. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This recipe sound very interesting indeed with the Pork Rinds on top. We love broccoli and cheese so I will be trying this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Very interesting recipe. The pork rinds would be a surprising twist to the basic broccoli and cheese dish. I will try making this too.

  8. I come across so many recipes that seem nice but I would never try them. This is an inexpensive recipe that appears healthy as well. I will try it and link it back to your site!

  9. That looks delicious! My kids love broccoli and cheese, they will love it more with the pork rinds.

  10. Now that would be a a great dinner for my kids. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I will try this.

  11. Never tried broccoli like this. Sounds and looks delicious. I love trying new recipes, definitely adding it to my book.

  12. Oh yum. This looks and sounds delicious. I’m pretty sure this would be a huge hit in my house. My kids would love this!

  13. what a great dish and it’s low carb too. I’m printing it to make later!

  14. This sounds delicious. I love broccoli but don’t serve it often because my husband doesn’t like the smell.

  15. This looks similar to a dish we make. I’d like to try it with the pork rinds though. I’m curious what flavor it brings to the dish.

  16. I’ve never done my broccoli casserole with pork rinds, I bet that is really good!!

  17. I can imagine how tasty this must be because of the pork rinds! I would try this soon.

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