Green Bean Casserole
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
The Canadian Thanksgiving happens in October because they like to double dip their holidays by spreading them out. Following their Thanksgiving I was talking to a colleague and asking her about her Thanksgiving. She called out our US of A green bean casserole as a suspect dish. As she put it don’t you guys eat green bean in mushroom soup with fried onions and cheese? I replied “hell yeah we eat it but don’t knock it till you try it….it’s our version of a healthy poutine. Instead of french fries we use green beans. #Merica #GreenBeanPoutine”
Mom used the canned stuff and it works but the depth of flavor from doing this from scratch doesn’t compare. Sorry Mom. I am not trying to boycott all Campbell soups here, but just give this homemade gravy a try.
sorry for the shadow
Adapted from Guy Fieri
1 ½ lbs of Green Beans (trimmed)
2 tbs of unsalted butter
1 tbs of vegetable oil
2 shallots thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbs of fresh thyme
1 lbs of mixed mushrooms (sliced and trimmed)
½ tsp of Cayenne
2 pinches of Kosher salt
½ tsp of fresh nutmeg
2 tbs of AP Flour
1 cup of Chicken broth
1 cup of sour cream
½ heavy cream
1 glug of Congac
1 cup parmesan and cheddar cheese (freshly grated)
Top with a little cheddar and fried onions. (I didn’t make these this year).
1. Boil a briney pot of water and cook your trimmed green beans for about 2 mins. Remember this are going into the oven. Pull them out and shock them in cool water to stop the cooking and to maintain that bright fresh green color. I did this a day early for a time saver.
2. Gravy – cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add butter, oil and shallots and cook until soft. Add your sliced mushrooms and minced garlic. Add thyme and seasons and cook for a minute or two.
Now add your flour and start your rue and good until you get a good color of medium brown. Add your stock and fully incorporate. Reduce your heat and add sour cream and cream and cook/stir for 5-7mins. Fold in your green beans to fully incorporate into the gravy.
3. Pour into a glass casserole dish and top with parmesan and cook 400 until bubbly 10-15mins. (remember everything is already cooked so you are just trying to heat it all up and brown your cheese) . Right before taking it out add the fried onions on top to warm them up.