Friday, November 30, 2012

5 Star Makeover Nov 12: Green Bean Casserole Round-Up

This month the 5 Star Makeover Crew took on Green Bean Casserole.  Perfect for Thanksgiving or the coming holiday season.

I know you'll find much inspiration amongst these amazing dishes.  Serve them at your next dinner party and be the star of the show.

Thanks to my fellow group members for continuing to inspire, one dish at a time.

Enjoy Green Bean Casserole as never before...

Cheddar Cheese Soup with Haricot Verts, Mushrooms & Cronions
Trix from Tasty Trix

Green Bean Casserole Makeover
Erica from My Colombian Recipes

Retro Aspic Green Bean Casserole
Evelyne from Cheap Ethnic Eatz

Fresh Green Beans with Cranberries, Pecans & Gorgonzola Cheese
Jessica from Cajunlicious

Green Bean Quiche
Victoria from Mission:Food

Deconstructed Green Bean Casserole
Alisha from The Ardent Epicure

White Bean Casserole with Crunchy Onion Topping
Faith from An Edible Mosaic

Italian Green Beans & Porcini Mushrooms with Parmesan Bechamel and Fried Spaghetti
Joan from Foodalogue

Not Your Mama's String Bean Casserole!
Norma from Platanos, Mangoes & Me!

Stuffed Mushrooms "Green Bean Casserole Style"
Lori from Taste With The Eyes

Green Bean Poutine
Marisa from Cook's Book

Green Bean Tart
Angela from Spinach Tiger

Sustainable Catfish with Green Bean Three-Way & Porcini Mushroom Demi-Glace
Laz from Hialeah

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

5 Star Makeover November 12: Sustainable Catfish with a Green Bean Three-Way & Porcini Mushroom Demi-Glace

This month our fearless group tackled that old time holiday classic, Green Bean Casserole.

Not exactly a classic in the LC home.

Green bean casserole?!
Don't cook it.
Never eaten it.

Spoke to some GBC experts.  Where I found that it's well, a...casserole.

Not gonna make one of those.

So, I decided to take classic dish, blow it up, and create a new dish from the main parts.

Again, not gonna be a casserole.

Sustainable Catfish with a Green Bean Three-Way & Porcini Mushroom Demi-Glace

Green Bean Casserole is basically:
  • Green beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Chicken broth
  • Canned mushroom soup...yuck!
  • Some type of fried onion topping
In my version, I wanted to really show off the green bean which should be the star of the dish.

I served the beans three ways, with three different textures.
  • Whole - on the base of the course.  Barely cooked in some brown butter.  Actually almost raw.
  • Pureed - cooked in vegetable stock with thyme and bay leaf.  Then pureed and strained.  Served atop the fish.
  • Fried - this was meant to mimic the fried onion topping I saw.  Green beans rolled in Italian bread crumbs and fried in umm....DUCK FAT.  NICE!
For the mushroom component, I made a deep, rich porcini mushroom stock.  Then reduced it to a glaze.  Talk about potent mushroom flavor.

I also finished the dish with a swirl of porcini mushroom oil.

Why did I decide to use Catfish, you may ask...
  • It looked great at the market.
  • It's a wonderfully sustainable fish.
  • Tastes good.
  • I felt like using it.
Please check back here on this coming Friday.  Where you will find the complete round-up of some tantalizing green bean casserole makeovers.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!