Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Nothing says holidays like…………Green Bean Casserole. 

The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company. Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department. The inspiration for the dish was “to create a quick and easy recipe” around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.

The tradition of this casserole has been here for almost 60 years. Now, sometimes “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”……well this wasn’t so much broke, as it needed an update. 

Canned vegetable to my mind are mushy and oddly colored. I prefer fresh. Canned cream of mushroom soup…….everyone grew up with it as the base for…….well anything with the word casserole in it. Again I prefer homemade. Sure a little more time consuming, but come on……..it the holidays. Doesn’t your family deserve your very best?

Now, I have a story to tell about green bean casserole………I have a brother……he was married……..to a very nice woman who gave him an absolutely amazing son……..that being said…….she did not really cook, except on holidays and she always made….you guessed it…..Green Bean Casserole. It was perfectly fine, don’t get me wrong, but by this time I had become kind of a food snob. So, anything that was not made from scratch…….well I turned up my nose. I have eased up a bit on the homemade thing……not a lot but some…….after they divorced it was kind of a joke that we wouldn’t be having green bean casserole anymore.

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Ok……. so I swooped in on my white…..apron……… and revamped the recipe so it was part homemade, part traditional.

I used real green beans, onions, mushrooms, a simple white sauce with sour cream for …..well creaminess. I just couldn’t make the fried onions for the topping that were anywhere near those traditional store bought ones. Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone so, I added some panko crumbs for extra crunch.

It is not as easy as the open can and dump method, but you can make it ahead, so all you have to do is throw it in the oven.

So, treat you family right and make them a homemade Green Bean Casserole for this holiday season.

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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ medium onion, sliced
  • 4 ounces baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup fried onions
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook the green beans to desired doneness in a pot of salted boiling water. Plunge in an ice bath (big bowl of ice and water) to stop the cooking.
  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add onion and mushrooms cooking about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Slowly whisk in milk. Simmer 5-10 minutes, until mixture thickens. Whisk in sour cream, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drain beans add to sauce in saucepan. Stir to combine. Bake 25 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Top with fried onions and panko crumbs and bake 5 minutes more or until topping is golden brown.

Keywords: casserole, green beans, mushrooms, onion, fried onions, bake, holiday

 

 

Roasted Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad

Looking for a special side dish for the upcoming holidays?……… Roasted Pear Salad is it!

I am a recent convert to fruit on a green salad ………..well recent as in the last 10 years……ok so not so recent, but it is a taste to behold.

In my experience, salad was always lettuce,tomato,cucumber…….blah,blah,blah. So, the first time I tried fruit I was surprised how good it was, so I tried it again, and again and it kept getting better and better.

If you read my blog, you know if something catches my eye at the store it will make its way here…….lucky you!

I saw these pears and a fall salad came right to my mind. The pears on a bed of baby greens with walnuts and blue cheese……..sounded yummy. Some kind of vinaigrette to dress the salad……I had a plan.

Now, the biggest problem I have with apples or pears on a salad is that they turn color so easily unless you serve it right away and I am the make ahead type of gal!

I have tried lemon juice and the trick of soaking in 7-up, but never with much luck. I know you all can’t see it, but sometime a light bulb goes off in my head……..no really it does……..

If I roasted the pears the only color they would turn is a pretty, fall golden color, and what’s better than butter to make that happen?…….Paula Deen has the whole butter thing right, everything is better with butter.

Roasted Pear Salad

So, cut side down in butter and 20 minutes later add a touch of balsamic…….it was going in the dressing, so why not add the flavor to the pears?…….light bulb!
When they came out of the oven I wanted them to soak up all that balsamic butter flavor so, even though it was all I could do not too……..I left them cut side down until they were completely cool. When I turned them over…………I swear they were the most beautiful things, all glossy and golden. I knew I made the right choice.
Another plus to preparing the pears this way besides them not turning colors, you can make them ahead,along with all the other things for the salad, and put it together at a moments notice.
Perfect if you are going to a holiday happening and you are ask to bring the salad……totally portable.

 

Blue cheese and walnuts “pear” beautifully with pears. I like gorgonzola better than regular blue cheese. To me it has a smoother creamy flavor, but by all means use what ever blue type cheese you like best. Toasting the walnuts…….or any nut for that matter, enhances their taste, like a million, billion times………if you have never tried it, you really have too!

I used individual plates, but if you were taking this to a get-together you can use a platter and just slice the pears. But, I wanted a fancy smancy plate, so heres how it went…….Baby greens, roasted pear half ( cut side up to show all it beauty), sprinkle with gorgonzola and walnut……serve with Honey Balsamic Dressing.

Both Tim and I thought the presentation was elegant and beautiful…….then we ate the salad…….the seas parted and angels sang……..ok not really, but it was a little piece of heaven.

So, impress your friends, family or significant other with this beautiful looking and tasty fall salad Roasted Pear Salad……..it will “leaf” them breathless !

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Roasted Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Bosc pears,cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Honey Balsamic Dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Place 2 tablespoons butter in a 8×8 inch baking dish. Place in oven to melt butter. Remove core from pears halves using a melon baller or a small spoon.
  3. Place pears cut side down in the melted butter and bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar,return to oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let set until room temperature. Do not remove the pears from the baking dish until completely cooled.
  4. Divide the mixed green among 4 plates. Top greens with one pear half,skin side up. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts.
  5. Serve with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Keywords: baby greens, pears, gorgonzola cheese, slaw, side dish, walnuts

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Roasted Pear Salad

Honey Balsamic Dressing

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes1
  • Yield: 1/2 cup
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix vinegar,honey,and shallot until well blended. Whisk in oil until emulsified. Salt and pepper to taste.

Keywords: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, shallot, dressing

 

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

I have discovered something about myself…….I’m a streaker………not that kind ……….yikes!

I am a food streaker! Seems like I get an ingredient in my mind and I go to extremes in making things with it, until the next ingredient comes along. Kinda food ADD!

So, right now tomatoes are on my radar. The Tomato Cobbler was so good with the cherry tomatoes and goat cheese biscuits……..yummy! But, what about those big tomatoes you have? Why not stack them or better yet, stack on them. As a kid, broccoli was on my eeewww list……you know, curling up your lip, no way is that going in my mouth. Well……as an adult it’s more of an mmmm and can’t wait to pop it in my mouth. The only way I won’t eat it these days is if its over cooked, you know it turns a weird green gray color and falls completely apart, so be careful when cooking.

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Cooked to a tender crisp….add a shallot….gives an onion, garlic flavor all in one. Salt and pepper, a pinch of red pepper flake for heat, and gooey swiss cheese. Spoon on top of tomatoes cut in half inch slices, topped with more swiss cheese, pop them in the broiler and ta da, Broccoli Tomato Stacks.

They make a perfect side dish for any kind of meat or fish. They also would be a good vegetarian lunch. So whether for a side dish or as a meal itself, satisfy your food streak with these stacked up beauties.

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Broccoli Tomato Stacks

Broccoli Tomato Stacks

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 1 shallot minced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Steam or sauté broccoli and shallots with pinch of red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.Cut tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices, place on paper toweling to drain for about 10 minutes.
  3. Place tomato slices on a baking sheet lied with parchment paper.
  4. Combine 2 tablespoons of swiss cheese into the broccoli and shallots.
  5. Spoon broccoli mixture on top of tomatoes. Top with remaining cheese.
  6. Broil 4-5 inches from heat for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Keywords: broccoli, tomato, swiss cheese, shallot, side dish

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