Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole is one of my favorite side dishes. I have always used canned green beans and cream of mushroom soup and fried onions from a can, but never again! Homemade is SO much better! I found and printed this recipe months ago on I finally made it last night and I'm so glad I did!

The Ultimate Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Serves 8-12
  • 1 pound shallots, peeled and sliced 1/8th-inch-thick on a mandoline
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds white button mushrooms, rinsed and spun in a salad spinner
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane grater
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds green beens, ends trimmed and cut into 2 inch segments

Combine shallots and oil in a wok or medium non-stick saucepan. Shallots should barely stick out above level of oil. Place over high heat and cook, stirring frequently until shallots are completely soft, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, line rimmed baking sheet with 6 layers of paper towels. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until shallots are light golden brown, about 8 minutes. Immediately strain through fine-mesh strainer set in heat-proof bowl or saucepan. Set shallot oil aside. You should have about 2 cups of fried shallots.

Transfer fried shallots to paper towels. Lift up one end of top paper towel and roll shallots off onto second. Blot with first towel to absorb excess oil. Repeat 4 more times, transferring shallots from one paper towel to the next until only one paper towel remains. Season well with salt. Allow to cool completely, about 45 minutes. Once cooled, transfer shallots to sealed airtight container. Shallots can be made up to 1 month in advance.

Add 2 tablespoons reserved shallot oil (save remainder in an airtight container for another use) and butter to 12-inch non-stick skillet. Heat over high heat until butter is melted and foaming subsides. Add mushrooms to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is evaporated and mushrooms begin to sizzle, 6 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium high. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly until light golden blond, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, add stock and cream mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until mixture achieves a texture between pancake batter and heavy cream, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Smash mushrooms under bottom of large skillet until broken into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces. Roughly chop into pieces approximately 1/8th to 1/4-inches large. Set aside. Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, chicken stock, and heavy cream in 1 quart liquid measure or medium bowl.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1/4 cup kosher salt to boil over high heat. Fill large bowl with 1 quart ice cubes and 2 quarts water. Add green beans to water and boil until tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes. Drain through colander set over sink and immediately transfer to ice water until completely cooled. Drain green beans and set aside.

Combine green beans, mushroom sauce, and 1 cup fried shallots. Transfer to 9 by 13-inch rectangular casserole or 10 by 14-inch oval casserole. Bake until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Top with remaining cup fried shallots and serve.

    *The recipes serves 8-12, so I cut it down for a smaller amount.
    *Next time I will add extra minced garlic.

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    Stuffed Mini Sweet them!!!

    I love sweet peppers and while I was wandering around the produce section of my grocery store I came across a bag of Mini Sweet Peppers. Now, to be honest , I have to say I bought mostly, because I thought they were so cute!

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    Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

    1 bag mini sweet peppers
    1 8oz ricotta
    2 heaping tbsp parmigiana cheese
    6oz shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 tsp Italian seasoning
    1/2 lb sweet sausage
    dizzle of olive oil

    Preheat oven to 400.

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    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone & Honey...

    This was a new dish for me but with only three ingredients how could I not give it a try...I used my indoor grill so I did not get grill marks on my peaches, but it was still delicious!

    Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone and Honey

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2006


    • 6 large ripe peaches, halved and pits removed
    • 6 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving if desired
    • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature


    Preheat a grill to medium-high.
    Place the peaches cut-side down onto the grill and cook until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the grill. Transfer the peaches, cut sides up, to a grill-proof baking dish or baking sheet and drizzle evenly with the 6 tablespoons of honey. Place the dish on the grill and cover the grill. Continue to cook until the peaches are soft, about 5 minutes, again depending on the grill. Remove the baking dish from the grill and divide the peachhalves between 6 dessert plates. Divide the mascarpone evenly among the plates and drizzle with additional honey, if desired. Serve immediately.


    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    Chicken and Asparagus Rolls

    I first made these years ago...and it is one of my favorite chicken recipes. You got to love that Martha!

    Chicken and Asparagus Rolls
    Martha Stewart
    Everyday Food  July/Aug 2003
    Serves 4

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a sharp knife, split each chicken breast in half horizontally, then pound between two pieces of plastic wrap until about 3/8 inch thick (you should have 8 flattened pieces). Season on both sides with salt and pepper.

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, saute chicken breasts and garlic until chicken is light brown on one side only, about 2 minutes; discard garlic.

    Transfer chicken to a baking sheet, browned side down.