We do things differently in the South. We wait patiently in line at the grocery store for the person ahead of us to finish a conversation about gardening successes of the season. We rush ahead to open the door for a stranger. We never forget a “please” and “thank you.” And we believe no meal is complete without vegetables….served as a casserole.
The holidays may be behind us, but these three dishes remain yearly favorites of the Swann and Wilson tables. Birthdays, anniversaries, and random fun-filled weeknights are made even more special with these heart warming dishes.
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Green Bean Casserole
1/3 stick butter
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups sliced green beans
3 cups chicken broth
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings
Pinch House Seasoning, recipe follows
1 cup grated Cheddar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Melt the butter in a large skillet. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter. Boil green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings, and House Seasoning, to taste, to the onion mixture. Stir well. Pour into a greased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, then top the casserole with the Cheddar and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the casserole is hot and cheese is melted.
Recipe, courtesy of Paula Deen
Sweet Potato Casserole
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3)
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup diced dried apricots
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, cut into pea-sized pieces
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Put the sweet potatoes on a sheet tray and roast for 35 to 40 minutes. The sweet potatoes might still be a little hard in the center- no problem!
While the sweet potatoes are baking make the topping. In a food processor, combine the oatmeal, brown sugar, olive oil, butter, and walnuts and pulse until mixture comes together.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them and cut them into 1-inch chunks. Discard the skins. Put the potatoes into a large dish and add the remaining ingredients. Mash together with a potato masher until well combined.
Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish. Crumble the topping mixture over the potatoes. Bake until the mixture hot all the way through and the topping is brown and crispy, about 30 minutes.
That’s a hot sweet potato!
Recipe, courtesy of Anne Burrell
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.
Recipe, courtesy of Paula Deen