Fresh Green Bean Casserole with French Fried Onions

Scratch Green Bean Casserole with French Fried Onions
This is an updated recipe for green bean casserole. Made with fresh green beans and homemade mushroom sauce this casserole beats the one we ate while growing up by a mile. Once you taste it, I doubt you will ever go back to the old recipe again! Fresh green beans are a welcome change from mushy canned beans. The mushroom sauce boasts exceptional flavor and puts canned mushroom soup to shame. You are welcome to make homemade fried onion rings if you wish but I kept the canned French’s French fried onions in the recipe as a nod to the past and a way to save time. Sure to become a family favorite this is a recipe you will use time and time again. Enjoy Friends!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole with French Fried Onions– serves 6

1 pound fresh French green beans, trimmed and cleaned
4 tablespoons butter, divided
8 ounces baby portabella mushrooms, sliced and rough chop
4 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced and rough chop
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 and 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup lower sodium chicken broth
1 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
6 ounces French fried onions (I used French’s brand)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Make an ice water bath in a bowl large enough to hold the green beans. Salt and set aside. Bring 1 gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Add green beans to boiling water and cook for 4 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain green beans in a colander and pour into ice water bath. Let green beans sit in the ice water for at least 5 minutes to stop the cooking process then drain and set aside.

In a 12 inch skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Melt butter then sprinkle flour on top of mushrooms. Stir to coat mushrooms with flour then cook 2 minutes. Stir constantly so the flour won’t burn. Whisk in broth. Simmer for 1 minute. Lower heat to medium low and whisk in half and half. Add soy sauce. Continue to simmer stirring occasionally for 8 minutes as mixture slightly thickens (it will thicken a little more when you bake it). Pour mushroom sauce into an 11 X 7 inch casserole dish. Pour green beans on top of mushroom sauce. Sprinkle with French fried onions. Bake 400 F for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Enjoy Friends!

Published in The News and Neighbor on December 3, 2014

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