Sides-A-Palooza 2020

Hosted by Mr. Sauter – Culinary Teacher

Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing & Pumpkin Pie

Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 c. large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (3-4 lbs.)
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 8 tbsp. melted (1 stick) butter
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

FOR STREUSEL TOPPING

  • 1 c. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 1/2 c. mini marshmallows (one bag)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9-x-13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Place sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly then transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, vanilla, milk, eggs, and salt until smooth. Pour into prepared dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar, flour, and butter until it clumps. Stir in pecans, then spread evenly over potatoes. Top with marshmallows.
  4. Bake until cooked through and golden, about 30 minutes.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

For the topping:

  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs ANY BREADCRUMBS WILL WORK
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

For beans and sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half

 

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
  2. Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
  3. While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.

Just because we need to keep our holiday gatherings small this year, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy some delicious food!

-Mr. Sauter

Stuffing Recipe

Ingredients
  • 2 small onions diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • ⅔ cup butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons poultry seasoning or ½ teaspoon ground sage 
  • black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 12 cups bread cubes
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs sage, thyme, rosemary 

Notes*

  • LEFTOVER CELERY CAN GO IN THE SOUP POT
  • SAGE IS SO IMPORTANT IN STUFFING
  • FRESH HERBS ARE SO GOOD HERE
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery and poultry seasoning (and rosemary if using). Cook over medium-low until tender (do not brown), about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Add onion mixture, parsley and fresh herbs. 
  4. Pour broth overtop until cubes are moist (but not soggy) and gently toss. You may not need all of the broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place mixture in a serving dish, dot with additional butter and cover.
  6. Bake 35 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (1 stick), diced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Flour for rolling the dough

Filling:

  • One 15-ounce can unsweetened pure pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Notes*

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE SPICES, BUY IT PRESEASONED BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SEASONING YOUR OWN

 

Directions

Directions

  1. Make the dough by hand. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles yellow corn meal mixed with bean-sized bits of butter. (If the flour/butter mixture gets warm, refrigerate it for 10 minutes before proceeding.) Add the egg and stir the dough together with a fork or by hand in the bowl. If the dough is dry, sprinkle up to a tablespoon more of cold water over the mixture. 
  2. Alternatively, make the dough in a food processor. With the machine fitted with the metal blade, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles yellow corn meal mixed with bean-sized bits of butter, about 10 times. Add the egg and pulse 1 to 2 times; don’t let the dough form into a ball in the machine. (If the dough is very dry add up to a tablespoon more of cold water.) Remove the bowl from the machine, remove the blade, and bring the dough together by hand. 
  3. Form the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour. 
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough with a rolling pin into a 12-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie pan and trim the edges, leaving about an extra inch hanging over the edge. Tuck the overhanging dough underneath itself to form a thick edge that is even with the rim. Flute the edge as desired. Freeze the pie shell for 30 minutes. 
  5. Set separate racks in the center and lower third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Put a piece of parchment paper or foil over the pie shell and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake on a baking sheet on the center rack until the dough is set, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and lift sides of the parchment paper to remove the beans. Continue baking until the pie shell is lightly golden brown, about 10 more minutes. Cool on a rack. 
  6. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. 
  7. While the pie shell is cooling make the filling. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, half-and-half, spices, and salt until smooth. Return the pie shell to the baking sheet and pour in the filling. 
  8. Bake on the lower oven rack until the edges of the filling are set but the center is still slightly loose, about 50 to 60 minutes. (If the edges get very dark, cover them with aluminum foil.) Cool on a rack. Serve room temperature or slightly warm. 

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