Ditch the canned soup! Once you see how creamy and delicious green bean casserole made from scratch is you’ll never go go back!
And you can still make it ahead if you like!
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Ok…full disclosure, I still use french fried onions for this recipe. I just don’t have time to fry up a bunch of onion rings. If you do, go for it!
Besides, I only eat them once a year (in this casserole), so I give myself a pass.
Decent fresh green beans are tricky to find this time of year so I use frozen. The microwave steamer bags are a great time-saver and the quality is just as good, if not better.
If you want to use fresh, you’ll need to blanch them to crisp-tender first.
The ingredient I’m trying eliminate from most of my recipes is canned soup. I dislike the taste and Hubby absolutely hates the stuff!
The mushroom broth in this recipe can be a bit tricky to find. If your grocery store doesn’t carry it, try a place like Whole Foods or Fresh Thyme. You can also find it here.
Or just substitute chicken or vegetable broth.
Start by microwaving the green beans according to the instructions on the package. Drain them and set aside.
Next, in a 10-12 inch oven-proof skillet (an iron skillet works great!), over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the mushrooms, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are softened and give off some moisture.
Then sprinkle the flour over the top. Cook it for a few minutes to cook out the raw flour taste.
Whisk in the mushroom broth until it’s smooth (the lumps are the mushrooms).
Lower the heat to medium-low and whisk in the half and half. Cook it until it’s nicely thickened.
Stir in 2/3 cup of the french fried onions and the green beans.
If you were worried about whether the casserole would be creamy without the soup, just look at this.
Finally, toss on the rest of the french fried onions (and a few extra if you like) and pop it into the oven until it’s bubbly.
Here’s another look at that creamy sauce!
I usually serve green bean casserole at Thanksgiving along with these scrumptious dishes:
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