Green Bean Casserole

The side dish I am making for dinner today is the often made fun of green bean casserole. It's easy but yeah...it does get boring. So each year I add or try something new.

This year we are starting with green beans, obviously, with the tips cut off.



There were so many beans to steam I had to do it in two batches.

After they are steamed, tip them in a bowl with cream of mushroom soup, salt and pepper and a bit of milk. Just free hand pour it to the consistency you like.



Fry up several strips of bacon, chop in to bits when done. In just a bit of the bacon grease saute minced garlic. This looked good...but needed something else. I wish I had chopped some mushrooms but...

Tip in a bit of Marsala..free hand pour. The aroma is wonderful.



Layer a casserole dish with some green bean mix and put in a bit of the bacon-marsala-garlic. Toss in grated Parmesan cheese. Stir gently.

In the other casserole I used cheddar cheese instead of the Parmesan. I just don't like the looks of this one at first but it tasted good. Still, the Parmesan was the better mix.



Here are some snaps of the meal and family.

The family shots are for Aunt Ellen and family :-)
So you can see us all!

Sweet potato casserole, dressing and gravy, smoked turkey, cranberries, rolls and fresh pineapple.



Doug, Dad and Gregg - Mia and Barb




Cousins, Mia and Tristan





Gregg didn't really eat the gravy...I don't think so anyway......... Tristan did eat that pile of turkey though.



Mia made two pies...homemade - and they were incredibly delicious. I think she has a future as a baker.



I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

12 comments:

monicajane said...

Happy thanksgiving...looks like a nice meal and a nice time...I'll be posting photos of my little meal too...

it was just me and my husband...but we made some good food too...

peace to you this weekend.

Cathy said...

Hmmmm......I don't think I have ever had a green bean casserole before....it actually looks really yummy! Hope you guys had fun yesterday!

A Year on the Grill said...

what, no french fried onions???

I love all the family pictures. Too many times I post only food. I love that your family plays along with your blog!

Pierce said...

Monicajane, I will check ion on your site tonight if the internet connection holds out. I have been downloading more photos. I look forward to seeing your meal.

Cathy - really? No green bean casserole, ever?

Year on the Grill - I have to get the family all liquored up to get the photos...no, just kidding!

Yeah...I usually have the French fried onions but didn't buy them in time. It wasn't a disaster, as I expected it might be. The marsala was pretty nice addition

Kim said...

I love your change up to green bean casserole. I love the flavor from Marsala and love cooking with it. Your family looks like a lot of fun - everyone is smiling and happy! Glad to see you had a great turkey day :D

Nat said...

What a sweet family ! Hope you had a wonderful time...!

....and I love your twist on the Casserole...i did it the usual boring / common way...followed the recipe on the French's crispy onions can : ( ...

Laura in Paris said...

THank you for sharing the pictures of your family. You all seem to have had a great time .. can I have a slice of your pumpkin pie?

Pierce said...

Kim, Thank you, I try and add or do a different thing each year. We DID have fun!

Nat, Thank you, I actually forgot the onions this year. I need to visit other folks' sites and see what yummy things they prepared :-)

Laura - I was so bad and forgot to get the recipe from my niece. She is such a lovely young woman and sure makes a great pie.

Jessie said...

that is a delicious looking green bean casserole

Drick said...

thanks for the photos and letting us in on your holiday ... hey, to the regular green bean label recipe - I sometimes add sauteed mushrooms, lots of bacon and velveeta....

Danielle said...

I did something similar adding sherried mushrooms to the mix. The bacon hadn't occurred to me! Devilish! I love it!

Pierce said...

Thank you Jessie!

Drick - Bacon does seem to make it a bit tastier. Never tried the Velvetta.

Danielle - sherried mushrooms sound pretty good too. Yum...

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