Green Bean Casserole.
It’s a tradition in the Midwest for holidays…. Any holiday.
There is only one way to make it and one must not deviate, as I learned the hard way.
But that doesn’t mean I have to stop trying.
Campbell’s introduced Cream of Mushroom Soup in 1934. I don’t know how quickly Green Bean Casserole followed, but it has to have been a major contributor to the success and longevity of that particular condensed soup.
It always reminded me of pencil erasers in glue.
If I had to use a condensed soup I opted for Cream of Chicken LOL.
As to the other main ingredient (along with the beans), canned French Fried Onion Rings…. Is there another use for those?
Should there be?
Green Bean Casserole
Total time: 40 minutes
- 8oz (240gr) green beans, cut at an angle into 1/4″ strips
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 3oz (90gr) mushrooms, chopped
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef stock
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) white wine
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbs cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs water
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Cook the beans in rapidly boiling water for 10 minutes, drain.
- Sauté the shallots and mushrooms in olive oil until tender and starting to brown.
- Add stock, wine and soy sauce. Heat to boiling.
- Add cornstarch, stirring until thickened and clear.
- Stir in yogurt.
- Add mushroom sauce to green beans, stirring well. Spoon into a casserole.
- Combine crumbs, cheese and sprinkle over the top.
- Bake, uncovered, 400F (200C), until hot and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
- Remove and serve.
You’ll never go back to the other.
As to other news – last week was lovely here.
It was warm.
We had sunshine.
I had windows open.
I was ready to get out and work in the garden, trim trees, mow grass and weeds….
I was ready to do anything out in the beautiful spring weather.
And then this…..
The quince usually starts blooming in January, so snow on the flowers is not too unusual.
But snow on the hyacinth?
I would have had more photos of the snow…..
But when I squatted down to take this one the puppies knocked me and the camera over into the snow.
Not intentionally, of course.
They were just a little exuberant with the snow.
They immediately jumped all over me in apology….