Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

Whether you’re practicing for Thanksgiving dinner or complimenting a savory dinner in July, a green bean casserole that’s made from scratch is always treasured and respected, and this simple, yet savory, detailed recipe guide from Gimme Some Oven hits the homemade nail on the head.

Ingredients

Green Bean Casserole:

  • 2 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed, and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 batch of Mushroom Alfredo Sauce
    • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
    • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, thinly-sliced
    • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
    • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup of vegetable stock
    • 1 cup milk
    • ½ cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ tsp fine sea salt
    • ¼ tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 batch Crispy Onion Topping
    • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil, divided
    • 1 medium red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
    • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/4th cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
    • ¼ teaspoon each fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Recipe for Green Bean Casserole:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F
  2. Heat a large stockpot of water over high-heat until it’s boiling. Meanwhile, trim and cut your green beans, then add them to the boiling water. Cook them for 3-5 minutes, depending on your preferred level of crispiness, though it’s a good idea to undercook them, as they’ll cook more in the oven. Use a slotted spoon or strainer to transfer the beans immediately into a large bowl of ice water, and give them a quick stir, preventing them from cooking longer. Afterward, set aside.
  3. For the next step of this green bean casserole, melt ½ tablespoon butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, occasionally stirring until the onion is partially cooked, still holding its shape. Transfer the onion to a clean bowl and add the remaining ½ tablespoon of butter to the sauté pan along with the panko and stir to combine. Cook this for 2-3 minutes, occasionally stirring until the panko is lightly golden. Remove this from the heat and transfer the panko to the bowl with the onions. Add in the Parmesan, salt, and pepper, and toss the onion mixture until evenly combined, setting it aside.
  4. Briefly rinse and dry the sauté pan; then return it to the stove. Melt the butter over medium-high heath, and add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring it occasionally until lightly browned and soft. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 more minutes, stirring occasionally until it’s Then, stir in the flour and sauté for an additional minute while stirring occasionally. Then, add in the vegetable stock and stir until the flour is evenly dissolved. Then, stir-in to combine the milk and Parmesan, and cook the sauce until it reaches a simmer and thickens. You can then remove it from heat and season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Combine the green beans and mushroom alfredo sauce in the stockpot, and stir the green bean mixture until it’s all evenly combined. Transfer this to a 9 x 13 baking dish, and spread the green bean mixture out in an even layer, wherein you’ll sprinkle it evenly with the crispy onion topping mixture.
  6. Bake this dish for 25 minutes, or until the crispy onion topping is golden and crispy. You’ll want to watch this carefully so that it doesn’t burn, but if it begins to char, lay a piece of aluminum foil on top of the casserole.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve this side (or main dish) warm, by garnishing it with extra freshly-cracked black pepper and parsley while plating.

Once comfortable with the ingredients and procedure for green bean casserole , feel free to spice it up by adding extra cheese, cajun seasoning, bacon, or a little “kick” with crushed red pepper flakes or jalapeno slices. Customize this traditional side dish, and upgrade it to an unforgettable main dish.

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Delicious and Simple Desserts Requiring Few Ingredients

Just because you’re looking for something sweet to throw together doesn’t mean that you have to travel to the grocery store for an extensive list of long-lost ingredients. Broma Bakery offers a collection of several dessert ideas that can be made with minimal ingredients on hand, helping you clean out the back of your panty and satisfy a sweet tooth.

Healthyish Monster Cookies Simple Dessert Recipe

For those not in the know, monster cookies are one of the absolute best classic cookie recipes made with a hodgepodge of ingredients found in your pantry. Though, this recipe is more health-conscious, as they’re packed full of oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and M&M’s. Best of all, they require no mixer!

BetterBoxed Brownies

Boxed brownies are a simple dessert staple, but don’t let the box’s instruction be your only guide! Give that old brownie mix a little something extra with this semi-homemade recipe that doctors your brownie mix into some true gourmet brownies! With just a few additions these’ll taste bakery-perfect.

S’mores Rice Krispie Treats

Whether you’re finding yourself unable to face the outdoors or just un-willing, this simple dessert recipe for s’mores rice krispie treats are the best substitute for the real deal. These delicious bites are loaded with graham cracker pieces, chocolate and finished off with a toasty, torched top.

Salted Caramel Brownie Pie

Semi-homemade at its best. Start with a store-bought pie crust, brownie mix, and a salted caramel sauce to make this delicious, decadent treat that’s as easy to make as it is to eat.

Scotcheroos Simple Dessert Recipe

These chewy, caramel, and chocolatey rice crispy treats are made possible with only 7 ingredients provide for a delicious escape.

Vegan Peanut Butter Squares

These health and ethically-conscious vegan peanut butter squares are seriously delicious at just a count of five ingredients. You get get more of a simple dessert recipe than that.  Give Reese’s a run for their money whenever you barely have anything in your cupboard.

Peanut Butter Oat Energy Bites

These energy bites pack a much-needed punch for any time of day with only seven ingredients necessary and being freezer friendly. Whip up a big batch of these peanut butter oat bites for a guilt-free, protein-packed treat!

Cinnamon Roll Blondies

Always delicious is the cinnamon roll, though for some the task of making a batch is a huge undertaking when you’re juggling all of the obstacles that come alongside family breakfast. Luckily with this simple dessert recipe, the flavors of a cinnamon roll are still enjoyable as an easy blondie.

Dark Chocolate Bark Simple Dessert 

This deliciously delectable salted pretzel dark chocolate bark is only made with four ingredients, and the toppings can be swapped out for whatever your prefer or have on hand!

Chocolate Cake

A classic, simple, dessert doesn’t have to be complicatedly prepared to be enjoyed. This recipe is extremely fudge, decadent, and extremely easy to make. While the cake itself uses a little more ingredients than the other listed receipts, they’re all pantry staples: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and oil. Top this off with a creamy chocolate frosting for the ultimate at home dessert!

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The Best French Recipes Anyone Can Try

Parlez-vous français? Whether your answer is yes or no, we’re certain the answer to whether or not you like French food will be a resounding YES!  We agree.  Whether it’s the bread, or pastries, or cheese, or wine, it’s really no surprise that French food is one of the few breakfast, lunch, dinner options that really anyone can agree on.  The contribution of French cuisine to various culinary masterpieces cannot be understated.

Believe it or not, French food can be fun and accessible to anyone (even English speakers), and there are various books, cookbooks, blogs, etc. that are available to assist you, debunking the general expectation that French cuisine is too unapproachable.  Anyone can embrace, master and enjoy French cuisine – you don’t need to be French, and you definitely don’t need to be living in France to replicate these delicious recipes – although we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to vacation there soon and shop at a local store vs. whatever options exist for you where you’re at.

Thanks to Delicious.com for this article revealing recipes as part of what could be considered the ultimate French recipe collection.  While there’s way too many scrumptious options for us to list here, we hope you’ll explore the depths of this comprehensive article and find something that speaks to you.  Here’s the ones we found eye-catching!

French apple tarts with Calvados cream

French apple tarts make for the best fall desserts, but don’t let that stop you from trying them anytime.  The base is thin and flaky and the spiced cinnamon/sugar/apple filling looks so good, we’re going to want to make extra to eat the leftovers.  And you know we’re wondering what else that might go good on!?

Crunchy Syrian french toast

As though we needed another reason for a delicious brunch recipe!  This recipe takes a crunchy baguette, honey, saffron and orange to tantalize your taste buds with a European flare.  Impress your brunchmates with how you can take an ordinary dish to an extraordinary dish!

French onion soup

If you’re like us, you’ve never met a French onion soup you could resist.  Full of rich oniony flavor, topped with cheesy toasted bread.  Good luck not having this one over and over!

Tartiflette (French-style cheese and potato bake)

If you’re looking for French comfort food, look no further.  Yes, we’re talking cheese! Tartiflette is a traditional dish from the Savoie and Haut Savoie region of France. It is a gratin dish made with sliced potatoes, onions, wine, and bacon.  You just can’t go wrong with that combination.

Carrot and ginger soup with French-style lentils

This one is a shout-out to our vegan friends, and non-vegan friends will love this one, too!  Carrot Ginger Soup is packed with protein with the use of lentils.  It’s healthy, warming, and super easy to make.  This recipe is good for making in huge batches and freezing, too.

French-style fish stew

This recipe is sure to have your kitchen smelling amazing.  This fish stew marries seafood and the full tomato flavours of France to create a perfect union for your family to enjoy.  Be sure you grab some French bread so you don’t let any of that delicious sauce go to waste.

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Top Food Bloggers & Their Top Recipes

If you’re a regular to our blog, you no doubt share in our guilty pleasure of being addicted to recipes.  Who among us doesn’t have dozens of cookbooks, maybe mail subscriptions, regular emails from different sites and food bloggers you’ve signed up with over the years. Let’s be real with each for just a bit – there is now not, nor will there ever be a shortage of content for recipes, whether print books, online bookmarked sites or hand-written notes from generations past.  In this week’s blog, courtesy of an article from The Muse, we’ve listed our favorites from a list of 25 popular food bloggers and their best dishes.  Check out their full article for options for work lunches, home dinners, or superb desserts.

Can You Stay For Dinner

These Chicken Parmesan Wraps use egg roll wrappers for a healthier way to indulge your taste buds with the delights of chicken parmesan!  They’re also kid friendly and crowd pleasing! These light and low calorie wraps are filled with shredded chicken, marinara sauce, mozzarella, spinach, parmesan cheese and basil, then baked into crispy delicious bites that are even better dipped in leftover marinara!  Does it get any better?

How Sweet It Is

If you’re not able to access a campfire easily, we’ve got the perfect solution to solve that camping dessert itch you need to scratch – introducing S’mores Cake in a Jar.  First things first, Mason jars are just fun – packed with buttery graham cracker crusts, fluffy chocolate chip cake and marshmallow topping, then browned until bubbly? Well, there’s just no way to explain just how perfect this jarred delight is – you simply just try it for yourself.

A Cozy Kitchen

Check out these Zucchini Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli and Sriracha Mayo– super simple and beyond delicious, these crunchy, garlicky finger foods are made even better with the two sauces this recipe provides. While the zucchini is baking, whip up the simple sauces and in 20 minutes, any second thoughts you had on zucchini will turn to thoughts on going for seconds.

Joy the Baker

Let us introduce you to what we’re dubbing the “Almost Everything” cookie – check out this recipe for Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Nuts, oatmeal, chocolate chips.  Yes, please! These babies are soft and hearty – don’t skimp on the nuts and chocolate.  And if you decide to just have these for dinner, we promise we don’t tell.

Naturally Ella

Now for something slightly more healthy, but definitely not less tasty – Roasted Veg Tacos with Avocado Cream and Feta.  If you’ve got an abundance of summer produce, this is the recipe for you.  While vegetarian tacos might sound unappetizing, this recipe is loaded with flavor and perfect for a lighter summer evening meal. The avocado cream is truly the star, and if you’re feeling adventurous, take a shot at homemade tortillas for a more authentic texture.

Healthy. Happy. Life

Let’s take a dip – namely the Creamy Tomato Garlic Hummus Dip.  This rich textured, creamy dip with just a hint of heat is to die for.  Of course you can always kick up the spice level as you see fit.  It’s perfect for dipping veggies, using as a sandwich spread, or even as an accompaniment for salads, bagels or toast.  This dip is sure to be a hit at your parties, but make it in bulk because it will go fast!

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Top 6 Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Recipes

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the real feast begins!  Thanksgiving leftovers are undoubtedly one of the best things about this festive holiday. It’s easy to keep it to the classics when reheating casseroles, turkey, and mashed potatoes, but to get the most out of your favorite dishes reinvent the wheel with these delish leftover recipes.  If you have tons of leftover turkey in your freezer, all of these recipes are perfect for a weeknight meal.

1.  Thanksgiving Sandwich

This tasty sandwich includes all of your Thanksgiving favorites – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing.

Ingredients

2 tbsp. mayo

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

4 slices toasted sourdough

2 cup leftover roasted turkey

1/2 cup leftover mashed potatoes

1/2 cup cranberry sauce

1/2 cup leftover stuffing

1/4 cup gravy, warmed

1/4 cup baby spinach, packed

Directions

In a small bowl, combine mayo and dijon mustard. Spread mixture on one side of the two pieces of bread. Then, top each of the slices with 1 cup of turkey, ¼ cup of mashed potatoes, 2 tablespoons of cranberry sauce, ¼ cup of stuffing, and two tablespoons of gravy and spinach. Place second pieces of bread on top, slice in half, and enjoy!

2.  Thanksgiving Ring

This pull-apart crescent roll is everything.

Ingredients

  • 1 8-oz. tube crescent rolls
  • 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded leftover turkey
  • 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Leftover warmed gravy (for a dip)

Directions

First, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Unroll the crescent roll and separate each triangle. Then, arrange the crescent roll on a baking sheet in a starburst pattern, with the pointy end of the triangles facing outward. Make sure the bases of the triangles are overlapping.

Then, spread the mashed potatoes over the triangle bases, creating a ring. Then add the stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce on top of the mashed potatoes. Fold the triangle tips over the filling. Gaps where the ingredients peak out between the triangles are okay.

Brush the melted butter over the crescent dough and sprinkle garlic powder over it. Place in oven and bake until golden, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Top with parsley and serve with warmed gravy as a dip.

3.  Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

This simple and easy soup is everything your classic chicken noodle soup is – just with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, cleaned and chopped, whites and light green parts only
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups turkey stock(or low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 12-oz. package egg noodles
  • 3 cups cooked shredded turkey
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Small bunch thyme
  • Small bunch rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

First, using a large pot over medium heat, add and heat oil. Once oil is hot, add carrots, celery, onion, and leek and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add garlic and cook until fragrant.

Next, add broth, water, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, oregano, and pinch red pepper flakes into the pot. Bring mixture a boil, add egg noodles, and cover and cook until pasta is cooked through, approximately 7 minutes. Remove rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf and discard.

Add turkey and simmer until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper to taste, then sit back and relax with a bowl of soup.

4.  Friendsgiving Nachos

These Friendsgiving nachos are perfect for sharing and getting rid of the massive amounts of leftovers taking over your fridge.

 Ingredients

  • 1 bag Ruffles potato chips
  • 1 c. Gouda
  • 1 c. cooked, shredded turkey
  • 1 1/2 c. leftover stuffing
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 c. turkey gravy

Directions

First, preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. As it heats, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread potato chips on it. Top the chips with half of the cheese, turkey, and stuffing, then add more chips and add remaining cheese, turkey, and stuffing. Bake until the cheese has melted, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Top with cranberry sauce and drizzle turkey gravy over it. Enjoy!

5.  Turkey-Bacon-Avocado Grilled Cheese

Because who doesn’t like turkey, bacon, and avocado together?

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 slices turkey
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 2 slices cheddar

Directions

First, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, approximately 6 minutes. Drain the excess grease on a paper towel, then wipe the pan down and reduce stovetop heat to medium.

Next, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. On the non-buttered side of one slice, layer turkey, bacon, avocado, and cheddar, then top the sandwich with the other slice of bread.

Place sandwich in the pan, cover, and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until cheese is melty and bread is golden brown, approximately 2 minutes more.

Slice in half and serve.

6.  Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

This recipe combines two of America’s favorite things – pizza and Thanksgiving. It’s a win-win.

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet (thawed according to the instructions on the package)
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 5 tbsp gravy, divided
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup green bean casserole
  • 1/2 cup chopped turkey
  • 1/2 cup stuffing
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup French fried onions
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Basil, parsley, or thyme for garnish

Directions

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, gently press puff pastry sheet into a greased 9-inch pie pan. Trim the corners of the puff pastry and use the trimmings to fill in any empty spaces along the sides of the pan.

Next, spread the mashed potatoes over the bottom and drizzle with two tablespoons of gravy, then top with corn and green bean casserole. Add the turkey, stuffing, and three tablespoons of gravy, and finally, sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake the pizza at 400 degrees for about 18-20 minutes. Once finished, sprinkle with French fried onions and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes. Top with basil, parsley or thyme and freshly ground black pepper.

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New Red-Fish Recipe to Try This Lent

Need a new Fish Recipe? It is time to try Allrecipes  version of Cajun Blackened Redfish. Red-fish, also referred to as channel bass or red drum, is always a great protein alternative. It is only 218 calories for one fillet. It is also a great source for potassium, 25% to be exact. Eating fish has many health benefits. Two of the top ones being, it is better for your heart and it can help eyesight.

Make sure when you buy your fish you try to stick to smaller sizes; larger fish can have a tougher texture and different flavor. The whole process of cooking the fish is to make sure it is so moist and tender, it will almost be falling apart.

For this recipe you will need a large skillet, a baking dish, and a couple of mixing bowls.

INGREDIENTS

Fish Recipe

Butter (or olive oil)

Lemon pepper

Cayenne pepper

Garlic powder

Salt

About 1 & ¼ cup of italian-style salad dressing

4 fillets of redfish

DIRECTIONS

Your first step should always be to preheat the oven; set it to 350°F. Your second step is to mix the lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in one of your mixing bowls. Make sure you have everything ready before touching the fish. You do not want any unsanitary cooking areas. Helpful hint: if you do not enjoy a lot of spice leave the cayenne pepper out, you can always add it later.

Melt your butter in a second mixing bowl in either the microwave; or an easier option would be to melt the butter, on low, in the large skillet. Coat the redfish with the butter on both sides. Then take the seasoning that is in your mixing bowl, using the butter as a glue, sprinkle it over the redfish. Place fish aside while you heat up the skillet

Grab the large skillet and turn the burner all the way to high heat. Coat your skillet with your leftover butter. The idea is not to fully cook the fish in the skillet but to sear it. Even slightly charred on each side. Make sure the skillet is nice and hot, then carefully place the redfish fillets in the skillet. Once the fish has a nice dark color, take it out of the skillet. This should not take long. Remember you are not cooking the fillets in the skillet, just searing them.  

Your final step is to take the fish and place it into the baking dish. Take the Italian dressing and drizzle it over the fillets. The dressing is to add flavor, but it also helps keep the fish from drying out. Make sure the pan is covered, remember dry fish is not good fish. Cook the fillets in the oven for 30 minutes, checking on them because every oven is different. Make sure to check the fish because all ovens are different, and it might be ready sooner!

The best part about this recipe is that it can be paired with any side.

Sides that go well with Redfish recipes:

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed or Baked Potatoes

Quinoa

Brown Rice

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