Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
What You’ll Need:
For the Topping:
- 4 slices white bread, each slices torn into quarters
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 (6-ounce) container canned fried onions
For the Beans and Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed, and halved
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 pound white button mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean and broken into ½-inch pieces
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups (360 ml) chicken broth
- 1½ cups (360 ml) heavy cream
What You’ll Do:
- For the Topping: Pulse bread, butter, salt and pepper in food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about ten 1-second pulses. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with onions; set aside.
- For the Beans and Sauce: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees F. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add 2 tablespoons salt and beans. Cook beans until bright green and crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Drain beans in colander and plunge immediately into ice water to stop cooking. Spread beans on paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.
- Add butter to now-empty pot and melt over medium-high heat until foaming subsides. Add mushrooms, garlic, ¾ 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 3½ cups, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add green beans to sauce and stir until evenly coated. Arrange in an even layer in 3-quart (or 9×13-inch) baking dish. Sprinkle with topping and bake until top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling around edges, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
*** This super delicious recipe that I’ve made every Thanksgiving for at least the last 5 years, comes from the very talented BrownEyedBaker.com. Thank you very much, Michelle!