The “Best” Green Bean Casserole

So I do not like green bean casseroles.

But we were doing this Sunday School Appreciation Dinner and they planned the menu to be fried chicken, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cornbread. The only thing I like in that is mashed potatoes, hold the gravy. But I was assigned to do the green bean casserole, so I was going to make it.

So I work until 6 and the dinner was at 6:30, so instead of doing the original recipe, I needed one to make in my crock-pot. I got this from Julia’s Eats and Treats.

Ingredients:

  • 4-14.5 oz Cans of Green Beans, Drained
  • 2-10.75 oz Cans of Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Cup of Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/2 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp of Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 oz of French’s Fried Onions

Directions:

  1. Carefully mix everything, except the fried onions.
  2. Spread evenly in the crock pot.
  3. Set the slow cooker on low, cook 2-3 hours.
  4. Top with French Fried Onions before serving.

Thoughts After Reading:

So I didn’t eat it, I didn’t get a chance as it was gobbled up so quickly. Everyone gave me compliments, so while I didn’t taste it I would recommend it to all you out here.

For more casseroles, go to Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole

For more crock-pot recipes, go to Slow-Cooker Bread

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole

I’m Mexican

I thought it would be fun to share.

So I love enchiladas. When I saw this recipe I thought it sounded good…except they mix red sauce with chicken. We NEVER, EVER, EVER do that in my house. Red sauce with meat, green with chicken. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER exchange it.

So I was very wary, but I thought I’d try it. It comes from The Magical Slow Cooker.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of Boneless, Skinless, Raw Chicken Breasts
  • 1-28 oz Can of Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 10 Corn Tortillas
  • 3 Cups of Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-3.8 oz Can of Olives

Directions:

  1. Put the chicken and sauce in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours.
  3. Shred the chicken with two forks in the slow cooker.
  4. Cut the tortillas in to strips, add to the chicken and sauce.
  5. Stir.
  6. Add 1 cup of cheese and half the olives.
  7. Stir again.
  8. Flatten mixture and add rest of cheese and olives.
  9. Cook on low for 40-60 mins longer.

Thoughts After Cooking:

What did I think? I didn’t like it.

Ugh!

Red Sauce with Chicken is just gross. I didn’t like it and recommend skipping it.

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

For more Mexican food, go to Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

For more casseroles, go to Spanakopita Penne Bake

For more crock-pot recipes, go to Slow-Cooker Bread

Spanakopita Penne Bake

I found this recipe in an old Good Housekeeping magazine. I’ve never had spanakopita but have heard it is good and wanted to try out this variant.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Penne
  • 2 10-oz Boxes of Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 1 Cup of Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Loosely Packed Dill, Chopped
  • 15-oz Part-Skim Ricotta or Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp. of Salt
  • 8-oz Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Directions:

  1. Cook penne for half the time said on the box; adding the spinach.
  2. When draining, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta/spinach water.
  3. Combine feta, dill, cottage cheese, & salt in a bowl.
  4. Add penne, spinach, and the 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Spread evenly in a 3 quart baking dish. Top with the Mozzarella Cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 mins.
  7. Uncover and bake for 10 mins.
  8. Serve.

Thoughts after cooking:

I thought it was absolutely delicious.

I couldn’t stop eating it.

For more casseroles, go to Too Easy Hotdish

For more recipes from Good Housekeeping, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more recipes, go to Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream

Too Easy Hotdish

 

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Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

This recipe comes from the Hannah Swenson Mystery Apple Turnover Murder.

Hannah makes this dish for her boyfriend and sheriff deputy, Mike. Now before reading this book I had never heard of a hotdish, other than a hot dish, as in a dish that is hot. Apparently they are big in the Midwest and Northwest, but me being from California we don’t eat “hotdishes”, we eat casseroles. But I was willing to give it a try as to how they described it in the book made it sound extremely tasty.

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Ingredients:

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray or Butter
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs of Lean Ground Meat (such as hamburger, pork, chicken, turkey, sausage, etc. Make sure it is lean as the fat does not drain out of this dish)
  • 2 -12oz Cans of Cream of anything
  • 1 lb Package of Tater Tots
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Cheese (Be sure to use only one cup as too much can become an insulator and keep the bottom layers from cooking.)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° fahrenheit.
  2. Use the cooking spray or butter to coat a 9 by 13-inch pan.
  3. Put the ground meat in the bottom of the pan, spreading it as evenly as you can. Press it down with your hands or the back of a spatula.
  4. Spoon the two cans of cream-of-something on top of the meat. Make sure to spread it out as evenly as possible.
  5. Put the tater tots on top of the soup in a single layer. Spread them out as evenly as possible.
  6. Sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
  7. Do not cover your hotdish with anything. Slip the pan into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the tater tots are browned and crispy.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

In a way this particular hotdish is like the poor man’s Shepherd’s pie. Instead of mashed potatoes, tater tots, and instead of gravy, cream of something. I am not a fan of Shepherd pie at all, I can hardly eat it, but I did enjoy this Hotdish.

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The only thing that I thought was wrong with this dish was that it was rather plain in seasoning. I recommend using the Cream of Chicken and Herb, as the herbs really helped along with adding a bit of Worcestershire sauce.

It was very easy to prepare and I recommend it for those of you who’s hours are crunched (working moms and college students) and need a fast dish to make and make quickly.

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I didn’t include a picture as it doesn’t photograph well, but do not let it’s looks deter you. It does taste great.

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For more Hannah Swenson recipes, go to Christmas Cheese Rounds

For more cassaroles, go to Ratatouille

Ratatouille

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Ever since I watched the movie Ratatouille, I have wanted to make Ratatouille.

I actually got this book The Wooden Spoon: Book of Home-Style Soups, Stews, Chowders, Chilis, and Gumbos for free. When I was leafing through I found Ratatouille and decided to make it.

Ratatouille is an interesting dish that can be classified as a soup, salad, and casserole.

Now you can do it two different way: layer it like Remy in Ratatouille; or cook it in a pot on the stove. I went the stove route as it was waaay to hot to be using the oven.

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Ratatouille is a marvelous all-vegetable stew, featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. It requires a rather large casserole or pot for layering the ingredients, but it cooks down to less than  half the original volume. Serve with crusty bread and a variety of cheeses. Leftovers can be served cold as a salad or side dish.”

Ingredients:

  • 5 Quart Stovetop-to-oven casserole or stockpot
  • 6 Tablespoons of  Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Eggplant, Peeled and Cubed
  • 3 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Cut into Strips
  • 4 Red-Ripe Tomatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil (Do Not Use Dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Oregano, or 1 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  5. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  7. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover the casserole and gently move the contents with a wooden spoon so that they settle.
  9. Serve in flat soup plates.

Stovetop:

  1. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  4. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  6. Simmer on stovetop for 1 hour, using a wooden spoon to gently move the contents from time to time, but without actually stirring.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, on the stovetop for 10 to 15 mins to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve in flat soup plates.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I really enjoyed it. It came out great and was delicious.

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For more soups, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more casseroles, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more vegetarian dishes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

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Thoughts Before Baking:

I found this in a Real Simple magazine:

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It looked and sounded delicious, so I thought I would give it a try. I mean you all know how much I love anything pesto and pizza.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1.5 lbs of Pizza Dough
  • 1/3 Cup of Prepared Pesto
  • 1.5 Cups of Shredded Mozzarella or Provolone Cheese
  • 1/2 lb of Uncooked Turkey Sausage, Crumbled
  • 1/2 lb of Brussels Sprouts, thinly sliced

Pesto:

  • 2 cups of basil leaves, packed
  • 3 to 4 Garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Prepare the basil first. Remove basil leaves from stems.
  2. In a blender or food processor; mix 1/3 cup of olive oil, basil leaves, chopped garlic, and blend.
  3. Add nuts and cheese, mix again, adding another 1/3 cup of oil. Sauce should be smooth.
  4. Refrigerate until needed.
  5. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  6. Coat a 9 x 13 inch pan with 1 tbsp of oil.
  7. Press the dough into the pan, covering the bottom and sides of the pan.
  8. Top the dough with pesto, cheese, sausage, and Brussels sprouts.
  9. Cook for 25-30 minutes
  10. Wait 5 minutes and then serve.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I forgot to take the picture or else I would have included one. Well this pizza was delicious.

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I can’t wait to make it again!

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The pesto was a perfect compliment and it was just so easy to make. Took no time at all.

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For more pizza recipes, go to Pizza Siciliana

For more casseroles, go to Breakfast Omelet

For more pesto recipes, go to Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

For more recipes, go to Caraway Rye Bread

 

Breakfast Omelet

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Thoughts prior to cooking:

This recipe is from Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #9)When I first read this recipe it sounded really tasty, except for one thing: the cream of mushroom topping. Now not being from the Midwest, I can’t stand my meals being too hearty. So I made a few adjustments…

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Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray or butter
  • 1.5 lbs of skinless sausage links
  • 8 Slices of bread (Any kind)
  • 2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 Cup of finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1.5 Cups of milk
  • 1/2 Cup of half-and-half, or cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of mustard
  • Sliced mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Spray the inside of a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray or rub with butter.
  2. Cut the crusts from the bread and throw away. Take the rest of the bread and cut it into one inch cubes. Toss them into the 9×13 pan.
  3. Cut the sausage links into fourths and sauté them until they are lightly browned.
  4. Drain the fat from your sausage. Put the sausage on top of the bread cubes.
  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese on the sausage, then the chopped onion, and finally the green bell peppers.
  6. Whisk the eggs with the salt, milk, half-and-half, and mustard. Pour the mixture over the top of the casserole. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Next Morning: This takes about an hour to a hour and a half to cook.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  9. Take the casserole out of the fridge and remove the plastic wrap.
  10. Lay the sliced mushrooms over the top and place it in the oven.
  11. When egg is cooked, remove from the oven and enjoy!

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Thoughts after cooking:

It didn’t photograph well, but trust me this thing is absolutely delicious.

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It had everything you could want in a breakfast food.

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It smelled and tasted good that we practically devoured the whole thing. I know I will make it again.

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For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

For more breakfast recipes, go to Brioche French Toast

For more recipes, go to Lemon Bars