This year for Thanksgiving (yes, I’m finally getting around to the Thanksgiving posts), we initially decided we would be making “green bean casserole that doesn’t suck”. Two years in a row we have made green bean casserole that does suck, and for some strange reason for the third year we decided maybe we should do something different. Who knows – maybe we’re just tired of not wanting to eat our greens?
I looked around for alternative recipes and actually found a few that looked promising, but then I found this recipe in my new Joy of Cooking cookbook (there’s a story behind that – I promise I’ll tell you later) and thought maybe the solution to green bean casserole that doesn’t suck was to skip the green beans! We all love broccoli (and anyone who doesn’t should learn – it’s the vegetable of champions), and we definitely all love cheese, so really how could we go wrong?
Well, we made it. I feel a bit as if I’ve just emerged from a food-coma-induced cloud, only to discover that someone filled my fridge with delicious leftovers.
Since this is my third annual Biggest Little Thanksgiving, I thought I had this down. I thought that making a ton of food was making a ton of food; because it is, isn’t it? I failed to take into account two important factors: 1) the size/quantity of the bird(s), and 2) people, and therefore time.
Not a whole lot to say about this one. This is as close as you get to the “traditional” southern green bean casserole, and we made it last year, and we accidentally made the same recipe this year, and it’s just not very impressive.
On the up side, it’s very, very easy to make. Chopping the green beans is the hardest part. The rest comes from cans. (more…)
When I told Caitlin we were having sweet potato casserole, the first thing she asked was “With marshmallows???”. So of course the answer had to be yes. I’ve never made sweet potato casserole before, so I did a quick google search and discovered that, based on just “sweet potato casserole”, what you get is a bunch of people posting recipes without marshmallows and saying “this isn’t one of those gross, super-sweet marshmallowy casseroles”. Which of course was exactly what I didn’t want, so I revised my search to actively include marshmallows, and discovered, of course, that Martha Stewart was to the rescue.
This recipe was very, very easy, with only a few ingredients and not much attention required. Perfect for Thanksgiving when you’re trying to make 80 recipes at the same time… It had plenty of spice, excellent texture, and just enough marshmallows (okay, maybe the recipe didn’t, but we didn’t measure – we just used the whole bag). (more…)