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Classic Green Bean Casserole

by Emma on December 28, 2011

in Side Dishes

Dude, can we just take a second to talk about green beans? This is important. Stop what you’re doing.

Deep breathe.

Don’t hate me now. But….

Why canned green beans. Just why.

I will concede if you absolutely cannot get fresh ones. I get that, you have no options so of course you must use canned. Of course. I’m not unreasonable, I can totally get that.

But. If there are fresh green beans to be had…. well… why not people. Fresh green beans are, like, so fun! They turn bright green as you blanch them, and they retain a slight crispness in this casserole.

Yeah. I know.

Give it a try if you never have. It’s something to do. Just saying.

Green Bean Casserole, makes enough for 6-8 as a side dish.

Needed: 2 lbs fresh green beans, 1/2 yellow onion, 2 cups fresh chopped mushrooms,1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 stick butter, 3 tablespoons flour, 1 cup cream, 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock, 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1 container of french fried onions.

Chop off the ends of the green beans, and cut into thirds (or however large you like your beans). Bring a large pot of water (with a  few teaspoons of salt) to a boil and blanch the beans for 5-8 minutes. Rinse in cool water and set aside over some paper towels to dry.

In a large pot or dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium/high heat. Saute the chopped onion until it begins to soften, then add in the chopped mushrooms and cook until they begin to sweat. Remove the onion and mushrooms from the pan and set aside. Melt the butter and add the flour, whisking as you do. Let this thicken slightly (1 minute or so) then pour in the cream and stock and stir to combine. As it heats up add back in the onions, mushrooms and green beans. Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt if you like (I did!). Stir it all together and add the french friend onions to the top.

Bake at 350 F for 18-20 minutes, until it starts to bubble.

xo. Emma


dena miller December 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Sooooo good!!!

Natalie December 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Oh my god, I know. I can’t eat canned, and I always feel like I’m such a snob about it, but come on! Of vegetables in cans, corn is really the only one that passes muster (and why is canned corn better than frozen, while frozen peas are better than canned?) I usually just do them simple with butter and toasted slivered almonds, but perhaps I need to revisit the whole casserole thing. Now that I think about it, I’ve never had it made properly with fresh green beans. Trying soon!

Lesley Myrick December 29, 2011 at 12:00 am

You know what’s the worst? FROZEN GREEN BEANS. Uggggh. Why do they always turn a sad shade of green-brown?

I wholeheartedly agree with your passion for fresh green beans. :)

lisa December 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

in real life i wholeheartedly agree about fresh green beans, but in green bean casserole i like the soggier ones from a can. i know, i know! it’s just that it’s such a fake food to me (until i moved to the south, i for realsies thought it was a fake food that people on tv ate. see also: meatloaf, tuna casserole, pork rinds) that i kind of like how it’s all weird and fake and soggy.

Emma December 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

dare to be different, lisa. Love your honesty and attitude. :) xo. Emma

Rae Veda December 29, 2011 at 12:55 am

Fresh green beans are the best! They’re a staple of mine when I go to the farmer’s market. xo, rv

happilyfull December 29, 2011 at 2:24 am

yummm! i love green beans! will have to try this out soon!!!

Monica @ Soirees & Such December 29, 2011 at 3:24 am

This looks great! and I totally agree: why canned anything for that matter, if you can get it fresh.

debbie December 29, 2011 at 3:46 am

ahh this looks so good!

joy December 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

I have have an abhorrence to the squeakiness of fresh green beans. I love the idea of them, but I hate the way they feel in my teeth :D Looks delish though!

Little Red Book December 29, 2011 at 6:46 am

Looks so edible, comfy food and sounds easy to make.

alyssa December 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

I just gotta say… NEVER canned green beans. Go frozen if you can’t get fresh. Canned are worthless mushy gross outs. There. That’s my opinion.

kerryn December 29, 2011 at 8:37 am

Woah, spooky. I’ve been on SUCH a green bean kick lately. I just had a bit of a meltdown in the grocery store because there was none left. Will definitely give this recipe a go once they;re back in stock.

Emma December 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

melt down in the grocery store are totally appropriate, in my opinion. don’t let anyone tell you different. xo. Emma

hannahalehandra December 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

Looks delicious! I love this style of homely style cooking.

irene December 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

looks yummy.. :)

Irene Wibowo

Emily December 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Canned are very gross and they are packed full of sodium and things that you already have a ton of in this casserole. I mostly use frozen… despite the squeakiness. I also put in Wortchestershire and bacon!
Very Yummy!!!

Brandi December 31, 2011 at 2:00 am

I was going to say the same thing! I always add Wortchestershire and bacon. Soooo goooood!

Mama Smith December 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

So at the risk of sounding like a snob… I can’t stand those packaged fried onions but my hubby loves ‘em. I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on substitutions without the use of a deep frier. Maybe it’s one of those things that just can’t be replicated though- like Pringles :)

Emma December 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I am actually sort of with you, I sometimes use Panko bread crumbs instead. but I made this one for family so I thought I’d keep it classic.

but I hear you. :) xo. Emma

Violets and Cardamom December 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try this out using fresh green beans! I have only ever had it with canned.

Kate December 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Canned green beans make me gag. But, I do love a good green bean casserole made with fresh beans! I like to add a little brown sugar and dijon mustard to mine.

Erin @ The Speckled Palate December 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

This sounds absolutely wonderful and a LOT BETTER than those casseroles that call for canned green beans. As someone who is all about fresh ingredients, this recipe makes me smile. And hopefully, it’ll make my husband, who happens to LOVE canned green beans *gag*, a believer!

Inna December 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I love green beans! I totally agree they are awesome :)

Sarah December 31, 2011 at 5:28 am

Hi! Love your blog!
I’m an American living in Japan, and I’ve had a huge hankering for green bean casserole during this holiday season. However, there’s no French’s french fried onions to be found around here. What do you think I could substitute for a topping?

Emma December 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Bread crumbs, any kind you like. :)

Nicole December 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I look forward to holiday food and always get disappointed after I eat it. It’s actually pretty gross. The best Thanksgiving food I had was last year when my boyfriend and I cooked all the classics with fresh and organic ingredients. It’s so nice to let the real flavor of the vegetables shine through, and know that you’re actually getting nutrients from them. Atomic canned foods are creepy. Thanks for sharing how to make real cream of mushroom too! :)

kalie January 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

i completely agree.
i marched my parade of turkey dinner folks into the produce aisle after i noticed they had snuck the canned ones into the cart. and might i add you can save the raw ones for salad!