Green Bean Casserole

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Ingredientsgb_casserole

Topping

4 slices white sandwich bread, each slice torn into quarters

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 cups canned fried onions (about 6 ounces)

Beans and sauce

Table salt

2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed, and halved

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pound white button mushrooms, stems trimmed, wiped clean, and broken into 1/2-inch pieces

3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)

Ground black pepper

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Directions

  1. For the topping: Pulse bread, butter, salt and pepper in food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 10 one-second pulses. Transfer to large bowl and toss with onions; set aside.
  2. For the beans and sauce: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Fill large bowl with ice water. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven. Add 2 tablespoons salt and beans. Cook beans until bright green and crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.
  3. Drain beans in colander and plunge immediately into ice water to stop cooking. Spread beans on paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain.

  4. Add butter to now-empty Dutch oven and melt over medium-high heat until foaming subsides. Add mushrooms, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook until mushrooms release moisture and liquid evaporates, about 6 minutes. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Add cream, reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced to 3 1/2 cups, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add green beans to sauce and stir until evenly coated. Arrange in even layer in 3-quart (or 13-by-9-inch) baking dish. Sprinkle with topping and bake until top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling around edges, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

To make ahead: The components of the casserole can be prepared ahead of time. Store the bread-crumb topping in an airtight container in the refrigerator and combine with the onions just before cooking. Combine the beans and cooled sauce in a baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

To serve, remove the plastic wrap and heat the casserole in a 425-degree oven for 10 minutes, then add the topping and bake as directed. This recipe can be halved and baked in a 2-quart (or 8-inch-square) baking dish. If making a half batch, reduce the cooking time of the sauce in step 3 to about 6 minutes (1 3/4 cups) and the baking time in step 4 to 10 minutes.

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Comments

  1. Bravo! Finally a bean casserole recipe that doesn’t contain a can of sodium ladened commercial tasting mushroom soup, or even worse, rubbery canned mushrooms. Thank-you for this recipe I have added it to my favourites.

    • Hi Anita,

      I’m glad you liked the green bean casserole recipe. I, too, do not like adding mushroom soup. This is the best green bean casserole dish I have ever fixed, and it is delicious! I hope you enjoy it as well.

      Tee

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