Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A green classic for the Easter table

The tried and true green bean casserole gets a new twist this Easter. Still as simple as ever, this is a classic that needed an update.

Broccoli Cheddar Bake
Prep Time:10 min. Bake Time:30 min.

10 ¾ oz. can Broccoli Cheese Soup
¾ cup milk
1 1/3 cups French Fried Onions
1 1/3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
4 cups cooked broccoli cuts
MIX soup, milk, 2/3 cup French Fried Onions, 2/3 cup cheese and broccoli in 1 1/2-qt. baking dish.
BAKE at 350 for 30 min. or until hot. Stir.
TOP with remaining cheese and onions. Bake 5 min.

Makes 6 servings
Tip: Use 1 bunch broccoli, cut up and cooked or 16 oz. pkg. frozen broccoli cuts.

Southwestern Corn and Pepper Casserole
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 25 min.
2 cups frozen peppers and onions for stir-fry
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen whole kernel corn
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can Pepper Jack Soup or Cheddar Cheese Soup
½ cup milk
½ tsp Cayenne Pepper Sauce (opt.)
2/3 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 1/3 cups Cheddar French Fried Onions
COMBINE peppers and onions, and corn in a 1 1/2 qt. microwave-safe casserole. Cover. Microwave on High for 8 min., stirring once halfway through cooking. Drain well.
STIR in soup, milk, Frank's RedHot Sauce, 1/3 cup cheese and 2/3 cup French Fried Onions. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and onions.
BAKE at 350 for 25 min. or until hot.

Makes 6 servings
Tip: Stir in 2 cups shredded cooked chicken for a main dish meal.

Or, if you can’t live without the original….

Original Green Bean Casserole
Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 35 min.
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can Cream of Mushroom Soup
3/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 (9 oz. each) pkgs. frozen cut green beans, thawed*
1 1/3 cups French Fried Onions
MIX soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 -qt. baking dish. Stir in beans and 2/3 cup French Fried Onions.
BAKE at 350 for 30 min. or until hot.
STIR. Top with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake 5 min. until onions are golden.

Makes, 6 servings
Tip: You may substitute 2 cans (14 1/2 oz. each) cut green beans, drained or 4 cups fresh, cooked cut green beans
Recipes: French's