Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Tammy | Chez Nous
by Tammy | Chez Nous
8-10 Servings
50 min

Green Bean Casserole is an old-fashioned dish that has been on Thanksgiving tables across our country for many years. Traditionally, it is made with convenience foods like canned beans, canned soup, and canned fried onions. What if we could enjoy it using fresh ingredients? It's totally possible! And yes, Fresh Green Bean Casserole is definitely an improvement.

And it just makes sense that we would use fresh green beans, right? Trim them and cut them in bite-size pieces, then drop them in salted boiling water for about 4 minutes. Rinse them with cold water to stop them cooking.

Mushroom Gravy

In the traditional recipe, this part is a canned soup that is concentrated and goopy. Not really appetizing. So let's step up the game a little ... or a lot! ... and start with sauteeing onions and mushrooms together.

Once the onions and mushrooms are done, add a bit more butter, then flour to thicken. Stir it around to coat the mushrooms, then add milk to make a gravy. If your gravy gets too thick, simply add more milk.

Mix the mushroom gravy with the blanched green beans and put the mixture in a baking dish.

Fresh Fried Onions

The topping is fried onions and very easily my favorite part of the casserole. The canned variety are heavily battered and tend to be greasy. Again, not appetizing, so we can easily make them ourselves!

Cut thin slices of onions and shallots.

I coated them with corn meal, corn starch, and spices, then fried them quickly in oil. You can also use chickpea flour and potato starch.

They turn out way better than the canned ones! You'll want to fry more than you need because you'll want to snack on them!

Bake the Fresh Green Bean Casserole for a few minutes, then top it with the fried onions before serving.

Fresh Green Bean Casserole
Recipe details
  • 8-10  Servings
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
  • Salt for the boiling water
  • 1 large pot of boiling water
  • 6 Tablespoons butter divided (See notes)
  • 1 medium onion about 1/4 pound
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced and chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons flour or gluten-free 1:1
  • 2 cups whole milk See notes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 shallots
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn meal See notes
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch See notes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Trim the beans, cut them into bite-size pieces, then put them in the boiling water. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes, drain, and rinse with cold water. Set aside in a large mixing bowl.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 Tablespoons butter. Add onion, and sauté until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Move the onion mushroom mixture to the sides of the skillet, add 4 Tablespoons of butter and allow it to melt. Add ¼ c. flour, whisk constantly until mixture begins to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Mix it with the mushrooms, then pour in the milk, and continue whisking until mixture has thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Pour over beans, and toss to combine.
If you are making the casserole ahead of time, cover it at this point and refrigerate it. Remove it from the refrigerator about an hour before baking.
Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20-30 minutes until it's heated through and the top is starting to bubble and brown.
Thinly slice the onions and shallots and place them in a large bowl. Add the corn meal, corn starch, and spices. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat oil over high heat, then working in batches, fry till golden brown. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags.
When the casserole has baked, top it with the onions before serving.
  • Gluten-free flour blend works just fine for the gravy.
  • For the fried onions, you can use chickpea flour and potato starch if you prefer.
  • To make the casserole dairy-free, use oil to cook the onions and mushrooms or a butter substitute and a neutral nut milk like cashew or almond milk.
Tammy | Chez Nous
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