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The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. Every year it feels like my wife and daughter want the Christmas tree to go up earlier, and earlier. This year we put it up the 1 weekend in November. My wife’s argument???? She wants to be able to enjoy it as long as possible. I can see her point. I think the Holidays tend to represent the best of times for families. Yes there can be some bad memories too, but I think for the most part people try to get a long and put forth their best behavior.
It is a cooking extravaganza at our house the week of Thanksgiving. If it can be cooked and prepared during the week, my wife does it. She starts bringing our turkey from frozen 3 days in advance. It produces the most juicy, flavorful turkey I have ever had. She really works hard to go all out to prepare everyone’s favorite dishes. Her philosophy is that it’s the holidays so everyone should have something they like or is their favorite. I think its one of her gifts, she loves to cook and to please people and have them really enjoy what she worked so hard to make. Every now and then though my wife will pull a fast one and try out something new. Well this year that was the green bean casserole.
Green bean casserole is one of those things that has to be put on the table at Thanksgiving but its not one that typically gets eaten at my house. I mean it gets poked at but its not one of the things that is devoured. I think my wife is setting out to change that trend. Lacy got her inspiration will perusing the Ragu® website when looking at the Chunky Gardenstyle Pizza, and the Mama’s Best Ever Meatballs. What could she make that was an homage to the traditional but heavy on the veggies? She will often do trial runs of her “experiment” dishes and she decided to think out of the box on this one.
Ragú® in our house is a staple in our pantry. It’s a go to when we are in a pinch for weeknight or weekend meals. I love the taste of any of the Ragú® sauces, but I have to say that Ragú® Old World Style® sauce is my all time favorite. I don’t know how they do it, but they get the spices, and consistency just right in that sauce and it has remained a favorite throughout the years. So my wife was playing in the kitchen and decided to put to good use our favorite sauce. So we steamed some green beans, added some cream, spices and French onions and voila she created a new kind of green bean casserole with an Italian twist. It was delicious, very flavorful with robust tomato flavor, Italian spices, and the added bonus of crispy onions. It was very festive additional to our dinner table, and a wonderful use of Ragú® Old World Style Sauce®.
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- 1lb of steamed green beans
- 4 tbs of heavy cream
- 1 cup of French fried onions
- 1 tbs of oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup or more of Ragú® Old World Sauce®
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Steam or par cook green beans.
- Place green beans in a baking dish.
- Drizzle oil and cream over green beans.
- Add in Salt and pepper, top with sauce and ⅓ of the onions.
- Place in oven for 10 minutes or until bubbly.
- Add in the French onions and place back in the oven for an addition 5 minutes.
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