Green Bean Casserole

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I’m gonna be really honest…I don’t like green beans or green bean casserole. But…it is a Thanksgiving staple, right? So I wanted to give it a shot. I wanted to try a recipe that had a bit more flavor and this recipe did the trick with a rich, creamy, nutmeg wine sauce. Part of this recipe is making your own French fried onions, you could easily cut this step out (don’t buy the shallots and vegetable oil, instead buy the canned French fried onions) and make this recipe even easier. Also, I made this in my cast iron skillet but you can use a baking dish instead.

Green Bean Casserole
1 1/2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
Vegetable oil for frying
1 cup shallots, thinly sliced
(can substitute previous 2 ingredients with canned French fried onions)
3 Tbsp flour, divided
8 ozs mushrooms (shitake, bella or crimini), sliced
2 Tbsp butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1 cup half and half

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Wash and trim green beans. Blanch in boiling, well-salted water for 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to ice water bath and set aside.
3. Heat 1 to 2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep, medium skillet. (skip this step if using pre-made French fried onions)
4. Pat shallots dry, then toss with 1 Tbsp flour. Season with salt and pepper. Fry shallots in oil (in batches) until golden brown, then transfer to a plate to drain on a paper towel.
5. Melt butter over medium heat in a medium pan or cast iron skillet. Add mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms are golden brown.
6. Add garlic and nutmeg and cook for another minute or two. Add 2 Tbsp of flour and cook for 1 minute.
7. Slowly add white wine, cook for a minute and stir to break up any flour lumps. Slowly add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture for another 2 minutes then turn the heat down to medium-low.
8. Add half & half and cook, stirring, until mixture begins to thicken. Take off heat.
9. Add green beans to mushroom mixture. Add 1/4 cup of fried shallots. Mix to combine and season with salt & pepper. Transfer green bean mixture to 9×9 baking dish or bake in a cast iron skillet. Sprinkle remaining on top of casserole. Bake for 20 minutes until green beans are warmed and mixture is bubbly.

*Original recipe from Plum Pie

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