Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole is one of my favorite side dishes. I have always used canned green beans and cream of mushroom soup and fried onions from a can, but never again! Homemade is SO much better! I found and printed this recipe months ago on I finally made it last night and I'm so glad I did!

The Ultimate Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Serves 8-12
  • 1 pound shallots, peeled and sliced 1/8th-inch-thick on a mandoline
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds white button mushrooms, rinsed and spun in a salad spinner
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane grater
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds green beens, ends trimmed and cut into 2 inch segments

Combine shallots and oil in a wok or medium non-stick saucepan. Shallots should barely stick out above level of oil. Place over high heat and cook, stirring frequently until shallots are completely soft, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, line rimmed baking sheet with 6 layers of paper towels. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until shallots are light golden brown, about 8 minutes. Immediately strain through fine-mesh strainer set in heat-proof bowl or saucepan. Set shallot oil aside. You should have about 2 cups of fried shallots.

Transfer fried shallots to paper towels. Lift up one end of top paper towel and roll shallots off onto second. Blot with first towel to absorb excess oil. Repeat 4 more times, transferring shallots from one paper towel to the next until only one paper towel remains. Season well with salt. Allow to cool completely, about 45 minutes. Once cooled, transfer shallots to sealed airtight container. Shallots can be made up to 1 month in advance.

Add 2 tablespoons reserved shallot oil (save remainder in an airtight container for another use) and butter to 12-inch non-stick skillet. Heat over high heat until butter is melted and foaming subsides. Add mushrooms to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is evaporated and mushrooms begin to sizzle, 6 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium high. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly until light golden blond, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, add stock and cream mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until mixture achieves a texture between pancake batter and heavy cream, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Smash mushrooms under bottom of large skillet until broken into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces. Roughly chop into pieces approximately 1/8th to 1/4-inches large. Set aside. Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, chicken stock, and heavy cream in 1 quart liquid measure or medium bowl.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1/4 cup kosher salt to boil over high heat. Fill large bowl with 1 quart ice cubes and 2 quarts water. Add green beans to water and boil until tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes. Drain through colander set over sink and immediately transfer to ice water until completely cooled. Drain green beans and set aside.

Combine green beans, mushroom sauce, and 1 cup fried shallots. Transfer to 9 by 13-inch rectangular casserole or 10 by 14-inch oval casserole. Bake until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Top with remaining cup fried shallots and serve.

    *The recipes serves 8-12, so I cut it down for a smaller amount.
    *Next time I will add extra minced garlic.


    1. Yummm...I absolutely love green bean casserole! I've never tried to make my own creamy mushroom sauce though. I should definitely try that next time. Thanks for the recipe :)

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    2. This looks delicious! I love green bean casserole but seem to only make it at Thanksgiving. Maybe I need to buy the ingredients this week at the grocery!

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    3. I'm totally trying this one out soon, to taste before Thanksgiving gets here. I've always made it with stuff from a can too.

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    5. This looks DELISH. I may have to make this soon!
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    6. Great idea. Now I know know what to do with green beans. They are in season.

    7. This looks terrific! Thank you for detailed instructions and side notes based on experience. I love recipes like this. This one is already good for me as main dish! :-D

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    8. I even like the quick version, but this sounds so good. I'm definitely using your method the next time I make this!

    9. Ok, this is the last time that I"m going to try to comment. Don't know what's going with my computer or what. Damn !! I want to try this recipe because it's not so "soupy" And thank you AGAIN for stopping by the "Hut".

    10. my brother loves green bean casserole so i can't wait to make him an un-can version!

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