RECIPE

It’s Not Easy Being Green Bean Casserole

Rach prepares an homage to the beloved Kermit in the form of this side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped or grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds French-cut green beans
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 wheel Boursin cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups fried onion pieces, homemade or store-bought

For the fried onion pieces:

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with one turn of the pan of EVOO and 4 tablespoons butter. Once hot, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring every now and then until brown, about 5 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the shallots start to get tender, about 4-5 minutes.


While the mushrooms and shallots cook, place the green beans in another skillet. Add an inch or two of water, salt it and bring to a boil. Cook the beans for 2-3 minutes, drain and shock in ice water.

When all the vegetables are tender, sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and shallots. Cook for about 1 minute, then stir in the white wine and chicken stock; reduce by half. Add the heavy cream and melt the Boursin cheese into the sauce, about 1 minute.

Add the green beans to the skillet and combine. Pour into a medium size casserole dish and top with the onions.


Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and brown.


For the fried onion pieces:

In a pot, heat vegetable oil 350°F.


Soak the onion slices in buttermilk and drain. Season the flour with salt, pepper and paprika. Dredge the onion slices in flour mixture. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.

Serve on top of the green bean casserole.

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