Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Mean Green Bean Casserole

Spring Holiday Food Edition #2 

Okay it's not really "mean" because it's not spicy but we added bacon goodness to this which makes it so much better. 

Easter Dinner - Torch Glazed Ham, Potatoes Au Gratin, Green Bean Casserole WITH BACON, Cranberry Orange Relish and Hawaiian Rolls.

This is the Easter edition of the blog - you may have seen that I gave equal time to Passover (Pesach) today as well. We are an equal opportunity food eating family around here and love to pay homage to different cultures through cuisine.

Easter Dinner this year is a simple plan but with lots of love and favorite dishes. We buy Dearborn Brand Torch Glaze Ham in little packages that have been sliced rather than the whole ham. We found that we always had too much leftovers. Many stores around town will sell it to you sliced from their deli counter.

Add our favorite sides: Au Gratin Potatoes (Betty Crocker, baked in the oven instead of on the stovetop), Sweet Corn with a little cream and butter, Cranberry Sauce with Mandarin Oranges and Cinnamon Sugar, and the Green Bean Casserole.

The Green Bean Casserole is the regular recipe you find on the back of the Durkee French Fried Onions. There is another version on the back of the Spartan which is really also very good. However, neither one of them mention adding crumbled bacon to the casserole which is really a travesty! It's so much better!

I started with a 1/2 pound of bacon that we cooked on a broiler pan. For those of you who have not tried cooking bacon this way it's fool proof and very tasty. I line the inside broiler pan with foil to catch the dripping for less mess. Put the bacon in a COLD oven at 400 degrees. It will take about 18-20 minutes for it to cook up, getting crispy and turning bright red. I let this cool down and then crumbled it up to add to the casserole that we had planned. Super easy - just one additional step to add to the wow factor.

Happy Passover and Easter!!!! Enjoy good food with your family!

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