Posts Tagged ‘casserole’

Green Bean Casserole

In Entrees, Side Dishes on November 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

The only way to get my father in the kitchen, after breakfast on Thanksgiving Day, is to let him make his FAMOUS Green Bean Casserole. Alas, his recipe has been SUPER, TOP SECRET since I was born, and probably before that. Thus, I am using the recipe on the back of the French’s French Fried Onion can. I know he uses the French’s French Fried Onions in his recipe, so logically this is a good place to be. The recipe calls for:

Ingredients

I started by combining the Cream of Mushroom soup, milk, 6 ounces of french fried onion, bacon bits, and black pepper in a large bowl.

onions, soup, pepper, and milk

Then I added the 2 cans of drained green beans.

Added Green Beans

I then combined the entire contents of the bowl, and poured it into a baking dish.

ready for the baking dish

I then topped the mixture in the baking pan with the rest of the french fried onions.

Ready for the Oven

The casserole was then baked at 350°F for 30 minutes.

Ready to Eat

This was delicious! Though I have to admit not as delicious as my father’s. I may need to launch a recon operation in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, to find out what exactly my father puts in his green bean casserole. Once again, I am the girl with a plan!

In the meantime, enjoy making your Thanksgiving plan, and…

Bon Appetit!

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

In Entrees on October 18, 2010 at 12:13 am

Don’t let the name fool you! This is one yummy meal. Special shout out to my mother and her friend that sent me this recipe, nothing like homemade recipes. Let’s start with the ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash (approximately 8 inches)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 medium garlic cloves (diced)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 14.5 ounces of Angel Hair (1 box)

Now let’s look at how it is all put together.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. Melt stick of butter completely
  3. Cover baking sheet with tin foil
  4. Cut ends off squash and then slice in half lengthwise
  5. Scoop out all of the seeds from the squash
  6. Place squash face down on buttered tin foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork 

    Squash Ready for the Oven

  7. While the squash bakes, saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, oregano, parsley, and basil
  8. Add tomatoes once the onion is soft
  9. Continue to cook until most of the liquid evaporates 

    Saute-ing Veggies

     

     

    Pasta Cooking

  10. Cook angel hair pasta as indicated on box
  11. Combine bread crumbs vegetable mixture, and cottage cheese in a large bowl
  12. Once the squash is done, allow it to cool till you can handle it 

    Squash in the Oven

  13. Scoop out inside of squash and add to bowl
  14. Layer angel hair in the bottom of a casserole dish
  15. Layer mixture from bowl on top of angel hair
  16. Layer mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top
  17. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cheese is completely melted 

    We Couldn't Wait for a Picture!

A lot of good things happened here, which was a huge relief after the biscuit disappointment. There are a few things I plan on changing for next time though. First, I will not be baking the entire casserole for 40 minutes next time, instead I’ll be checking it after 25-20 minutes. In my defense I was caught up in this past week’s episode of Project Runway on my DVR…oops. But let’s start at the beginning,  I made a lot of little herb tweaks, so what I have up if what I think works really well, is up here. Though next time I think I’ll use more cheese, for me casserole=cheese, and this just wasn’t cheesey enough.

There are a few things I would like to try next time as well. The vegetable mixture was a little thick, which is why I layered it on top of the angel hair, next time I would like to add some vegetable stock to make the mixture a little easier to mix with the angel hair. I think this would also be really tasty with some bit size chicken pieces mixed in, in which case I would use chicken stock instead of vegetable stock.

Lots of things to consider and try for the next round, but in the end it was super yummy!