Thanksgiving is here, so it is about that time to start preparing! Our food guru, Bobby (from blogchef.net) has provided GreatUsefulStuff.com with some great tips on a home cooked holiday.
Bobby was kind enough to share his “favorite recipe for Thanksgiving,” which is “the classic green bean casserole.” According to Bobby, “the end result is amazing and everyone in [his] family loves it.” He recommends “using fresh green beans and fresh mushrooms” as well as ” two different types of cheese; parmesan and cheddar.”
¼ cup butter
3 garlic cloves (minced)
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
6 cups fresh green beans (ends removed and cut in half)
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 (10 ¾ ounce) cans low-sodium condensed cream of mushrooms soup
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 (2 7/8 ounce) cans French fried onion rings
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet melt butter and add mushrooms and garlic. Cook while stirring until mushrooms loose their moisture. Set aside.
Step 2: Add green beans to a large sauce pan and pour chicken broth over them. Bring to a boil and cook for 8-10 minutes or until green beans become fork tender. Drain green beans (but do not rinse).
Step 3: In a large bowl combine cream of mushroom soup, cooked mushrooms, parmesan cheese, pepper and onions rings, mix well. Gently fold in green beans. Pour into a greased 3 quart casserole dish. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top return to oven and bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
(Makes 6 Servings)
COOKING FOR LARGE GROUPS
GUS has some tips for those of you who are cooking for the masses this season. Bobby says “If you are cooking large quantities of food, I would say the most important thing is trying to serve everything as fresh as possible. Since it is unlikely that everything can be done at exactly the same time, it is always a good idea to have methods of keeping your already cooked foods warm. A slow cooker is a great way to do this. A lot of slow cookers have a warm setting. You can also use the oven if you do not have anything baking in it at the moment.” Also, it is very important to remember to plan ahead when cooking for a large group. Make sure to make shopping lists and guest lists so nothing is forgotten. It also takes the stress off of being a host if you ask your guests to each bring a dinner item. Additionally, it is important to get all of your shopping and cleaning done ahead of time so you can designate the days before Thanksgiving for cooking.
PROTECTING YOUR RECIPES
Bobby gives GUS some final advice about Thanksgiving. He recommends keeping “Thanksgiving pretty traditional with roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, pumpkin pie, etc.” Save your recipes from previous years and don’t worry about repeating the popular dishes. Also Bobby reminds our readers that they “shouldn’t be afraid to think outside the box. Trying new things is always great, and it’s a learning experience.” However, with all of the chaos that
will be occurring in your kitchens, make sure your recipes are protected! All it takes is a little gravy to ruin your favorite recipe! To avoid this issue, Bobby recommends buying “lamination kits or get them done professionally for a fair price. This should be a good method of protecting your recipes from cooking splatter.” GUS has another solution to this problem! Our iPad Recipe Holder protects and stores recipes, and also is able to fit your iPad while viewing online recipes. Its a great item that will organize your kitchen and ease much of the stress for hosting the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving from GUS!
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