For years, and years I have been making Green Bean Casserole using canned cream of mushroom soup and the typical fried onions you can buy at your local grocery store. Not today, my friends. Yes, there are a few more steps involved. However, when I tell you this is the best Homemade Green Bean Casserole you ever tasted, believe me! It is so worth all of the effort involved.
While most people only enjoy this amazing casserole during Thanksgiving, or other holiday feasts, this favored side dish can be prepared any time of the year!
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GREEN BEANS FOR CASSEROLE
Let’s talk green beans. To be clear, this recipe is really not about the green beans, at all. Sounds crazy, right? It’s more about the fabulous homemade cream of mushroom soup and crispy fried shallots. Do you when it comes to the green beans! It’s all about preference.
So, substitute the use of canned green beans for either fresh, or frozen. Given this time of year, I find that fresh green beans tend to be very “woody.” Honestly, not sure what it was about this year, but every single time I bought fresh either at the grocery store or farmer’s market, the texture was way off. So, I decided to use canned. Frozen green beans can also be used, but I cannot guarantee that the final dish will be quite as good. Especially, the texture.
CRISPY FRIED SHALLOTS FOR HOMEMADE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
So, not only are these crispy fried shallots the perfect touch for this Homemade Green Bean Casserole, you can also use them as a topping for salads, mashed potatoes, or to dress up any casserole.
Here are a few tips to ensure the shallots fry up super crispy:
- slice thin with uniform cuts
- separate the shallots as they soak in the heavy whipping cream
- use a bit of rice flour with AP flour for added crunch
- shake off excess flour prior to frying (you can use a mesh strainer for this)
- be sure the oil is hot
- do NOT overcrowd the fry pan (fry in batches)
- keep an eye on the shallots as they are frying, they fry rather quickly and can easily burn
- place the fried shallots onto paper towels to soak up any excess grease
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HOMEMADE CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP
Creating homemade cream of mushroom soup is a bit more about technique, as opposed to actual ingredient amounts. So, you will need to use your own judgment when it comes to the perfect consistency.
To start, add the mushrooms to a dry pan without seasoning. This will allow the mushrooms to release all of their moisture.
Incorporate heavy whipping cream just a little at a time. Keep doing this until your have reached that “cream of mushroom soup” consistency.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST HOMEMADE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
As mentioned earlier, this fabulous side dish recipe is really about technique. The consistency of the cream of mushroom mixture should be that of the soup. You may, or may not use all of the heavy whipping cream called for in this recipe. Alternatively, you may need more. Use your own judgement.
Bake the Homemade Green Bean Casserole before adding the crispy shallot topping. After the casserole is baked, garnish with the shallots, place under the broiler for just about a minute, or two.
Be sure to add this amazing side dish recipe to your Thanksgiving meal. For more of my Thanksgiving Dinner recipe ideas, click here!
LEFTOVER HOMEMADE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
Leftovers will last in the fridge for up to three days. Freezing leftover Green Bean Casserole can be done. However, you may run the risk of the crispy fried shallots getting soggy. Just be sure to cool the casserole prior to placing in a sealed, freezer-tight container. It should last up to six months in freezer.Print
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