The first time I saw a werewolf movie as a young boy it gave me nightmares for a month. Mentioning the “classic” green bean casserole has the same effect on me. It’s terrifying. Overcooked canned beans smothered in a sodium heavy, vaguely mushroom flavored ooze and topped with rapidly softening fried onions.
Who thought of this? Who told us we were supposed to like it?
The components of a green bean casserole are all ingredients that I love, it’s the end result that I’m not fond of, and I know of a whole lot of other people who share that dislike. This is the green bean casserole for the rest of us.
The original concept for this dish came from an episode of Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello on Food Network. He chose onion rings as his garnish, but I find that making a proper onion ring, or any other deep fried onion for that matter, without a professional fryer is extremely iffy, so I went with caramelized onions instead. I also upped the mushroom content quite a bit.
The components are all things found in the classic, but with a new twist, and about 1/3 the calories of the original. Technically it’s not a casserole, but you can get around that by tossing the serving dish in the oven for 5 minutes at its lowest setting *wink* Green Bean Casserole is a Holiday tradition in America, but our version ditches the soup and delivers twice the flavor
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
Green Bean Casserole is a Holiday tradition in America, but our version ditches the soup and delivers twice the flavor
I prefer to serve this as I would the classic version. A nice serving bowl or casserole in the center of the table.
If you prefer, you can plate individually by placing a serving of the bean and mushroom mixture on a plate and topping them with a small mound of the caramelized onions. this is a bit more of a restaurant style presentation, but it works well if you’re not serving these as part of a holiday buffet.
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I’m going to be honest with you. I never thought in a million years that I would post a recipe for any type of green bean casserole. This, however is a wonderful dish. The only thing I can think of that would make it better would be the addition of bacon (I’m thinking of you, Biggles!), perhaps some slivered almonds or a little added Parmesan cheese, just to add the dairy to it that I’ve removed from the classic version.