Best Ever Green Bean Casserole - Home Made

It's the Holiday season, and unless you've been living under a rock, you've already noticed that pretty much wherever you go to dinner, there is a familiar casserole on the table - Green Bean Casserole. Some folks love it, some hate it. Everyone has an opinion about it.

My opinion is this - I like it a lot. I also figured I would like it a lot more if the green beans were not so super mushy, the cream o' something soup wasn't so salty.... so I tried my hand at making a home made version. It was so delicious - I don't think I'll make the frozen/canned version ever again. Next time I'll use shallots and make my own crispy french fried onions for the top. Rookie move using the canned ones.... regardless, lets get to it!

What you'll need:

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped in half
  • 1 lb fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 c. half & half
  • 1 c. chicken stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 oz french fried onions
  • 2 tbsp flour (not shown in pictures)
What you'll do:
  • Bring 1 gallon water to rolling boil. Add green beans and blanch for 5 minutes, then drain and submerge in ice bath.
  • Melt butter. Saute' sliced shallot until translucent. 
  • Add mushrooms & garlic, saute' for 5-6 minutes, until the mushrooms have wilted considerably. 
  • Add salt & pepper
  • Shake flour over top and stir in. Cook, stirring occasionally 4 minutes or so.
  • Pour in chicken stock and half & half. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture thickens.
  • Add in the drained green beans and 1/4 of the french fried onions.
  • Transfer to a baking dish, cover with remaining french fried onions, and bake at 475 for 15 minutes or until bubbly. Cover if need be half way through to keep onion topping from burning.
  • Remove from oven and serve!


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