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Fresh green bean casserole

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The Gourmand Mom

(Read caption) Green bean casserole is a classic favorite on American Thanksgiving dinner tables.

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For many families, green bean casserole is standard fare for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. My family was not one of those families. But it became part of my tradition once I started spending the holidays with my husband’s family. The crispy onion straws had me at hello.

My version of a classic green bean casserole tastes much like the canned cream of mushroom variety found on many holiday tables. Only my version is made from scratch with fresh, delicious ingredients. It’s hardly any more work and the result is noticeably fresher and more vibrant. The dish can be mostly prepared a day ahead of time, making it super easy to pop in the oven on Christmas day!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

1-1/2 pounds green beans, lightly steamed and cut into halves or thirds
3 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, finely diced
2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 -1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper

Homemade crispy onions straws*

*Click HERE to see the Pioneer Woman’s step-by-step guide to making crispy onion straws. Her procedure calls for a candy thermometer. And while a candy thermometer would be useful, it is not necessary. Just give the oil several minutes to get really good and hot. Then, test a very small batch of onions. The oil is hot enough when the coated onions bubble frantically and quickly become golden brown and crispy. The onions can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in an airtight container. They will loose some of their crispiness in the container, but will re-crisp nicely when baked on the casserole!

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