Tuesday, November 20, 2007

green bean casserole

Ginger loves green bean casserole and I'm doing my best not to use canned soups, so here is my version.

1 pound green beans, rinsed and trimmed
(I also use a "french cutter" I got at Williams-Sonoma years ago that cuts them into shreds)
Bring a large saucepan full of salted water to a boil and add the green beans. Cook for about five minutes and then drain and plunge the beans into a big bowl of ice water to stop their cooking. Set aside.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 oz. sliced mushrooms
(I like the Crimini mushrooms)
1 large shallot, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons flour
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add shallot. Cook until it is translucent (just a minute or two) and add the mushrooms and the garlic. Cook for five or six minutes, until the mushrooms have given up their liquid and are beginning to brown. Add flour and stir until you have a kind of thick paste.
3/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup half and half
Add the broth and cook until it is warm, then add the half and half. Keep cooking and stirring the mixture until it thickens. I then take about two-thirds of the mixture and puree it in my food processor and then return it to the sauce pan. Place the green beans in the bottom of a casserole dish and pour the mushroom mixture over the top and bake in a 350 oven for about fifteen minutes.

NOTE: The traditional casserole has onion rings on top. Ginger is allergic to them, so I don't add them at our house. If you want to add them, slice them as thinly as possible. Toss them in flour and then in water and then in flour again. Fry until golden and add when the casserole comes out of the oven.

NOTE #2: To add a little crunch to the rings, Grind about a cup of dry arborio rice (Italian rice used to make risotto) and add the to second batch of flour.


1 Comment:

Sujith said...

These are some wonderful recipes that you have. It is good to know some simple reicpes which is bound to build a good appetite.