Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar Beer Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar Beer Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower

It seems that certain foods run a hot streak, and these days nothing is hotter than cauliflower. You can find recipes for all kinds of cauliflower, it can be made into sauces, roasted, it makes a perfect “mashed potato” substitute and of course it makes a beautiful soup.

Recently a recipe caught my eye on Pinterest. It was a whole roasted cauliflower swimming in a pool of beer cheese sauce. It looked scrumptious. The recipe was from Joy the Baker. I must say I felt “Joy” after making this recipe…….so thank you Joy the Baker!

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Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving Sides

We know the day is all about the bird, but what is along the side is just as important. If you are looking for those last minute ideas we have a few……

Cranberry Sauce

Forget the canned sauce……this is so much better,
and it can be made up to 10 days ahead……..that’s right…….. ten days!!!

Cranberry Chef

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Cranberry Chef

Thanksgiving Sides

  • Author: Marty Boyd

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries ( preferably organic )
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • Zest of 1 orange

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in medium sauce pan over medium heat. Sauté shallots until softened about 5 minutes. Reducing heat to medium low if necessary. You do not want to brown the shallots. Add ginger and sauté until fragrant another minute or two.
  2. Add cranberries,both sugars,vinegar,orange juice, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add rosemary and simmer for 10 minutes until the cranberries have burst and sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and remove cinnamon stick. Stir in orange zest and cool.
  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 10 days.

 

Green Bean Casserole

All the flavor of the traditional but homemade……with a little store bought…….can beat those french fried onions……get the recipe here Green Beans Casserole Recipe  

Green Bean Casserole

 Pear Salad

This is sure to be a show stopper. It’s a beautiful salad and the taste of the roasted pears will surely be remembered by your guests…….get the recipe here Roasted Pear Salad

Roasted Pear Salad

 Butterfinger Pie

I am all for the traditional Pumpkin pie, but not everyone likes pumpkin pie, so why not switch it up and have a Butterfinger pie. This is one of my oldest and most favorite recipes……….make it as a second option. My bet is on the Butterfinger to be gone first…..get the recipe here Butterfingers Pie.

Butterfinger Pie

Tim and I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you will try at least one of our sides for your Thanksgiving fare. Enjoy!

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.

Green Bean Casserole 1

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.

Green Bean Collage

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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 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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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.

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