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Asparagus Toast with Mushroom Gravy

Today is a sad day……we used the last of our asparagus….whah whah whah!!!

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Fresh asparagus season only lasts a couple of weeks in new beds like ours. Hopefully when they are fully established we can get as much as 8 weeks. No matter the harvesting time, we enjoy it to the fullest.

For our last bunch, I wanted to make Tim creamed asparagus on toast. It is so yummy!! But alas, it is not the prettiest dish in town……my mission…..if I chose to accept it……. put a pretty face on creamed asparagus on toast.

Mission accepted! Asparagus Toast with Mushroom Gravy! Continue reading “Asparagus Toast with Mushroom Gravy”

Moo Shu Pork Rolls

Moo Shu Pork Rolls

Moo Shu Pork Rolls

When I was a kid, I thought ordering Chinese food seemed so romantic and big city……..eating out of cartons with chop sticks while saving the world!

Glory be…………. we have a Chinese restaurant……..was the first thought that came to my mind when living in my first apartment. I could live out that fantasy of my youth. Well, the food was awesome, came in those little boxes……….and I never have mastered chop sticks!  Continue reading “Moo Shu Pork Rolls”

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 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.

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