Green Bean Casserole

I think I was raised on the green bean casserole that we all know and love. But let me tell you that once I made it from scratch, I will never eat it another way again. It really is so easy and so worth it. There are a few dishes that scream Thanksgiving to me and this is one of them. I can’t really imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without it! Plus no matter how you make it, the flavors still give you that nostalgic feeling that only  the Holidays can give. Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

Apporx. 4 cups of green beans (trimmed and cut in half)

1/2 white onion (diced)

2 cups mushrooms (sliced)

4 tbsp butter

4 tbsp flour

4 cups broth/stock  (veggie or mushroom if you have)

1 block of cream cheese (softened)

A cup of fried onions (pre packaged or you can use the remaining half of your onion and fry your own)

Instructions:

First pre heat  your oven to 350

Then prepare your veggies.

Trim the ends off of your green bean and cut them into equal halves. Also chop your onions and slice your mushrooms if you didn’t buy them that way.  Also start boiling water for your green beans. Now you can start cooking.

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Melt  butter in a large pan. Add your onions and mushrooms and sauté on med/high until mushrooms are tender and onions are translucent.

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Lower your heat and sprinkle in your flour. Stir to coat.

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Add your broth and whisk to incorporate all of that flour and to get all of the bits of flavor off  the bottom of the pan.

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Allow that  to simmer and thicken. This should take about 20min.

While that simmers, boil your green beans. Not too long! Keep checking them to make sure they do not get too soft but also aren’t too hard. Ours took about 10 min. Once they are done remove them immediately and put them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and keeps them that pretty bright green color .

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Once your space has thickened and is nice gravy like consistency, add that block of cream cheese. Allow this to heat up and melt then whisk until smooth. Their may be chunks at first. Just keep whisking. It will become a smooth and creamy texture I promise! If your sauce ends up too thick, which it shouldn’t but hey things happen, so if it does just add some cream or milk. Then add lots of pepper!!

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Place your green beans into a baking dish a pour in that delicious mushroom gravy soup mixture. Top it all with those fried onions.

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Bake in the oven for approx 25 Minutes until bubbling and the onions are crispy and golden brown on top.

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Happy Holidays!!

 

 

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