You know what seems utterly impossible? The fact that I’ve posted on this damn thing 300 times!
The green bean pie? Well, that was a piece of cake.
Or, um, pie.
Like all the other Impossible Pies in the Bisquick “No Time to Cook” Recipe Book (1982), this was easy.
Well, with the exception of one step. The directions say to cut the green beans lengthwise into strips. Do you know how hard that is? Green beans are not designed to be sliced like that. They roll. Next time you buy some green beans, try to cut them like that. There is a reason why you buy them already cut French-style or whatnot.
Totally difficult. But I eventually got through all 8 ounces worth of beans.
The rest of the pie was very, very easy. The only thing that could make these easier is if I had a blender (note to mum: I do not need a blender, thanks). But throwing the Bisquick mix, eggs, and milk into the KitchenAid and just beating it a little bit longer than I would in a blender or with a hand mixer, worked just fine. That extra 90 seconds or so did not kill me.
To make this a little bit healthier, I used fat-free lactaid milk and fat-free shredded cheddar. And here is the finished product:
I served the pie with what, as a kid, I called Aunt Mary Jo Salad. And I guess I do still call it that because I just called it that. And I don’t know what else to call it. So here it is. I know that I’ve featured it on the blog before:
- 1 head red leaf lettuce/baby spinach/green leaf lettuce–whatever
- Sweet and Sour salad dressing (I like Ken’s Sweet Vidalia Onion)
- 2 green onions, sliced into thin rounds
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- Can Mandarin Oranges, drained
Toss all of the above ingredients together in a bowl and chill.
I love this salad because of all the different textures: the crunchy almonds and the squishy oranges, and the bite of the green onions tastes great against the sweetness of the oranges. Strange, but true. It’s one of my favorite salads.
I loved the combo of mushrooms, green beans, and cheese. This is really a nice, light quiche-y dinner. And perfect for when green beans are in season. I recommend it. Like I said, the only hard part is the beans.
But now, a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
Liberace’s birthday is on Friday!
And you know how much I love Liberace.
And for Christmas my mum bought me a copy of Liberace Cooks!
Sooooo… everyone, bust out your candelabras and caftans because all week long I’m serving up some of Lee’s very special dishes!!!
To get you in the mood, here is a video of Liberace getting ready for the social event of the season–a Valentine’s Day party on his yacht.
All I’m gonna say is that it’s a real shame that President Carter couldn’t make it. I suspect it was one hell of a soiree.