Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots

This is a kicked up version of our old favorite Green Bean Casserole.  Prepare this deliciously different and healthier side dish for your next family gathering and watch the smiles.

You’ll need a deep-frying thermometer which you can find at the grocery store, if you don’t already have one.

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • Canola oil
  • 3/4 Cup flour
  • S&P
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 6 Large shallots, peeled and sliced into thin rings
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 Lb Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Cup chicken stock

⇒  Click here to check out my recipe Homemade Chicken Stock .

  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 2 Lbs fresh green beans, trimmed and sliced in half

Did you know… High-fiber green beans can help you prevent weight gain.  In fact, boosting fiber by 8 grams for every 1,000 calories we consume can result in losing 4 1/2 pounds.  So, as our mothers always told us…eat your beans!

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and butter a 13×9 inch baking dish.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, pour about 1″ Canola oil and heat it to 350 degrees using a deep-frying thermometer
  • Meanwhile, line a cookie sheet with paper towels.
  • In a small bowl or ziplock baggie, place 1/2 cup of the flour and season with a dash of S&P and a dash of cayenne pepper.
  • Add the sliced shallot rings and toss to coat.
  • Fry the shallots in bunches until golden and lightly crisped, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to the cookie sheet using a slotted spoon. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often until well browned, about 6-8 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium and add the 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots.  Stir and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add 1/4 cup flour and cook, constantly stirring for 1 minute. While still stirring…slowly add the chicken stock and then the cream.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring until thickened about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the green beans, season with S&P and give it a stir to mix everything together.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking dish, sprinkle the fried shallots over the top and bake until the edges are bubbly and the top is browned, about 30 minutes.

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I hope you enjoy this tasty vegetable side dish.  As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

 

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