Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

November 4, 2015
We know that the tradition of Thanksgiving could seem odd to some of you, but then when you add in that some of our beloved traditional dishes come out of a can it would be enough to make the most culturally sensitive shutter.
Green bean casserole, one of our very favorite staple dishes, is usually made with 1. canned green beans 2. canned cream of mushroom soup and 3. canned fried onions. Mix them all together and you get a mouthwateringly flavorful (processed) dish. Unfortunately for us can-loving expats, we had to find an alternative for this traditional recipe and opt for making this dish from scratch. Thanks to Globus for helping us craft this gorgeous dish with only the finest ingredients from the delicatessa–and dare we say…we may never go canned again…well, at least not for this dish!
Also a huge thanks to Smitten Kitchen for this extremely thorough recipe (with humorous narrative throughout):
What you’ll need:
Crispy Onions
2 medium yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons panko or plain breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon table salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Canola, safflower, peanut or other high-heat oil, for deep-frying

Mushroom Sauce
3 tablespoons butter
12 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced or coarsely chopped
Few gratings fresh nutmeg (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon table salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream

1 to 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and halved
What you’ll do:
Make the crispy onions: Toss onion with flour, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Heat a 1/2-inch or so of oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet until a drop of water flicked into it will hiss and sputter. Add onions, just a handful at a time in something close to a single layer, and fry until a light golden brown (they’ll get more color in the oven; so don’t overcook them). Remove with a large slotted spoon, let oil drip off a little, back into the skillet, then spread onions out on paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining onions. Set aside until needed; this makes a lot.
Heat oven to 200 degrees celcius.
Prepare the beans: Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and boil greens for 5 minutes (for standard green beans) or 2 to 3 minutes (for haricot vert, or skinny ones). Drain beans, then plunge them into ice water to full stop them from cooking. Drain again, and set aside. 
Make the mushroom sauce: Over medium-high heat, melt butter in the bottom of a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and saute them until they start releasing their liquid, anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how they were chopped. Add the garlic and saute one minute more. Add the flour and stir it until it fully coats the mushrooms. Add the broth, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring the whole time. Simmer mixture for 1 minute, then add cream and bring back to a simmer, cooking until the sauce thickens a bit, about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. 
Assemble and bake: Add cooked greens beans to sauce and stir until they are coated. Sprinkle crispy onions over the top. Bake for 15 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and onions are a shade darker. Eat at once.
We think the crispy onions were the best part–in fact, we may make those again without anything else just to eat them as a “light” snack.
Stay tuned for next week’s Thanksgiving inspired recipe–where having the main ingredient from A CAN is not only a necessity, it’s perfection. 
Thanks again to Globus for providing the ingredients for this dish, and a shout-out to Gabriel, our trusty photographer, for these lovely pictures and being brave enough to try some American dishes.

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