Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

The Best Green Bean Casserole

This is definitely my favorite Green Bean Casserole recipe.  Just have a look at the ingredients and I think you’ll agree or at least understand why I feel the way I do.  I mean, Bacon says it all doesn’t it?  I’ve been wanting to throw down some traditional Holiday recipes, this season, that are a little more vibrant than what we’ve been use to in the past.  At the same time though, I wanted to make sure that the change was subtle enough to not take over the recipe and actually ruin the over all flavor.  I believe this recipe is more than successful with that, adding even 3 other ingredients; Portobello Mushrooms, Bread Dressing Stuffing and Cheese!

Green Bean Casserole

YouTube’s Green Bean Casserole

I released this Green Bean Casserole video for Thanksgiving, 2 years ago, and it did really well among my subscribers.  Anyone that tried this recipe, absolutely, raved about it.  If you’re new to this recipe, my videos or my blog for that matter, I encourage you to investigate my food libraries here on my site or on my YouTube Channel.  There are currently more than 300 of my personal video recipes posted now and there are several, revolving around these upcoming holidays, you won’t want to miss.  Be sure to check out some of my classic recipes, like my Garlic Mashed Potatoes, my Southern Style Sweet Potato Casserole and my Croissant Dressing/Stuffing, just to name a few.  My Thanksgiving Playlist can be seen HERE!

Green Bean Casserole Ingredients:

2 1/2 cup Green Beans
3 Cup Chicken Broth
1 lbs Bacon, chopped
1/3 stick Butter
1 Onion, chopped
5 Portobello Mushrooms, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1 cup Stuffing, dehydrated
2 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can French Onions
Salt and Pepper to taste
Adobo to taste (Optional, Garlic Powder with other ingredients)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated

For this Green Bean Casserole, heat 3 Cups of Chicken Broth in a Pot and add the Green Beans.  Heat for 10 minutes if they’re fresh uncooked Beans and 5 minutes if they are canned, then Strain and add the beans only to a separate bowl.  Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch strips and start cooking.  Cut and chop all veggies.  In a hot pan add 1/3 stick of butter and saute the veggies until tender, then salt and pepper to taste and add the Adobo (or Garlic Powder and Oregano).  De-grease the bacon on a paper towel and along with the chopped Onions and Mushrooms, with the exception of the cheese, start to combine all the remaining ingredients with the Green beans.  Stir in the Mushroom Soup and add the French onions, then poor the mixture into an oven sage Casserole Dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Add the cheese after and bake for 5 more minutes until the cheese is melted, and serve your Green Bean Casserole!

Lobster Tail with Claws

Lobster Tail with Claws

Lobster Tail with Claws Ingredients:

1 Lobster Tail, thawed
2 Claws
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Paprika, a few shakes
1 tbsp Butter, softened
1 sprig Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced or chopped
1/4 cup Hot Water

Cut the Lobster Tail down the center of the top center towards the fan of the tail.  Pull the meat out and prop over the top of the shell, leave the meat attached at the very end of the fan tail.  Fully coat the meat with Olive Oil, then shake Paprika over the top.  Place in an Oven safe dish and bake at 375 degrees 1 1/2 minutes per oz.  For example, 10 oz Lobster Tail bakes for 15 minutes.  If the claws weren’t previously cooked, add them to the baking, otherwise wait for the broil.  After baking, mix the Butter, Garlic and Parsley together and smear over the top of the Lobster meat.  Place the Claws inside the dish and add the water. Then place the Lobster back in the oven under a High Broil, approximately 6 to 8 inches away from the heat and cook for another 3 to 5 Minutes.  Watch it carefully so it’s not to burn, but allow a nice crisp golden color over the top.

How to Make Chili Oil

Chili Oil peppers

The Best Chili Oil

Chili Oil is made about once a month, in a large Chinese Restaurant I use to work for, and this literally is the way it’s done.  It’s very straight forward and easy to make.  Of course the Restaurant required more volume so I’ve Dumbed this recipe down quite a bit just to give you what you need for your kitchen.  You can use this oil to spice up many of you’re favorite recipes and it can be added through out the cooking process or served as condiment for individuals to add to their specific tastes.

Chili Oil Ingredients:

1 cup Red Chili’s
2 cups Canola Oil

To make Chili Oil, combine Oil add Red Chili’s in a pan and Heat Oil to 180 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 5 minutes, then kill the heat and let it rest 2 to 3 hours before straining.  Other ingredients can be added, if you want more flavor than just the heat.  Garlic and Ginger are great examples but the possibilities are endless.

Poor the oil into your favorite receptacle or mason jar for safe storage.  On a side Note, this can irritate your eyes when it’s cooking, so it’s not a bad idea to cook this outside if you have an outside burner on a barbecue or something.  And if you want more potency, crush the red chili’s up and cook with the lid off until there is a Red hue to the Chili Oil.