Because we had some beef leftover from the cheesesteak-baguette project and I hate hate hate throwing good food out. I added some taco seasonings to the beef and recycled it through these tacos. There was plenty of toppings left from the chicken tacos the other day. I have a smear of beans under the beef – everything else: just as pictured. The dark crumbs atop it all are a Tex-Mex seasoning blend I’ve touted here before.
Mmm… shred some potatoes and cook them down in chicken stock for the base soup – then start with those little flourishes that make cooking fun. This one has onions, celery, and carrots along with the potatoes. Let them cook down a while then hit it with an immersion blender. I used some Swiss that I’ve had in the fridge for too long for the cheese component, then stirred in some heavy cream at the end. Bacon or ham works well in this sort of thing. Shave some Parmesan on top for a garnish.
When I was home for Thanksgiving, I learned that I had missed out on this casserole. My sister-in-law, Tracie, had taken it to the big family get-together the weekend before. There was not a bite leftover by the end, so I am assuming it was a success. It sure sounds good.
I thought it would be nice to post it in time for this month’s various holiday get-togethers.
French Onion Casserole
- 2-3 tbsp of butter
- 3 large sweet onions (or 4 medium yellow onions),thinly sliced
- 8 oz shredded Swiss Cheese
- 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (substitute mushroom soup for vegetarian)
- 2/3 cups milk
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 8 slices of French bread
skillet, shallow 2 qt casserole or baking dish (glass)
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat and add onions. Sauté until onions are translucent, a little caramelization is ok.
In baking dish, layer onions, 2/3 of the cheese and pepper to taste.
In skillet, heat milk, soup and soy sauce, stirring to blend well.
Pour soup mixture over casserole and fold in gently to mix.
Top with bread slices.
Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 15 minutes, bread should be brown and toasted. If not, turn oven to broil to crisp the bread (watch closely).
Remove casserole, return oven temperature to 350. Push bread slices into sauce, top with remaining cheese, return to oven and bake an additional 15 -20 minutes until cheese is melted.
I think Tracie should blog here more often. Looks great and love all the photos. – TaMara
This is another one of those doughs that stayed out on the counter all night – two cups of bread flour, a quarter teaspoon of yeast, one cup of water, a wee pinch of salt and a sprinkle of sugar. I massaged it into place in my pizza pan and let it rise there for another hour then par baked it at 425 for five minutes. There isn’t a real sauce, per se, just some roasted grape tomatoes that I made last summer and then froze just for something like this. It also has bacon, thin sliced coppa, some ham, a caramelized onion, mozzarella, and some nice Parmesan grated over it at the table.
I’ll just pop these leftover slices into the freezer just like this and then seal the individual slices in vacuum bags, they make great grab-‘em-and-go lunches for Mrs J when she heads out to the shelter.
We had a couple of pepper bushes survive our neglect and produce some fruit so I took a few hours this morning to deal with them. After removing the stems and seeds the food processor with a slicer blade made short work of them:We’ve always used zipper bags to freeze our produce but decided to try the vacuum seal gadget this time. I think it’s a pretty good choice of methods but the truth of it will be when we pull a bag from the freezer to use in a recipe.I kept a few out for lunch:
Spent several hours mowing today so I needed something that would be good on a long simmer. These large lima beans soaked overnight then simmered in chicken stock for almost too long. There’s a large Vidalia onion chopped up in there, and some of the cured pork pieces we keep on hand in the freezer just for bean soups. That meat processor we make a morning out of visiting keeps odds and ends of cured pork in big bags and we pick up a couple everytime we go. The cornbread had minced jalapeno and shredded cheddar added to the basic back of the box recipe, and the bowl is garnished with more jalapeno and minced onion.