If I had to choose a favorite holiday dish, it would have to be Green Bean Casserole. It’s not something I remember eating when I was growing up. I discovered it sometime after Matt and I got married. So yum.
The recipe I learned to make? It was the one with canned cream of mushroom and french fried onions. Man, I loved that stuff.
Once I learned more about cooking with real food ingredients, I knew that the canned cream of mushroom soup and French fried onions didn’t make the cut. But this casserollllllle! How to make a real food version?
I learned long ago how to make cream soups. French fried onions had me stumped though – mostly because of the time I felt it would take to create them. Then all my plans to keep my real food kitchen simple would be out the window.
Finally I figured out how I could make this casserole without mushroom soup or French fried onions. It goes without saying, then, that this casserole is very easy to make. Just wait until you see how easy!
Green Bean Casserole
- 3 cups fresh or frozen green beans
- 2 Tablespoons minced onion
- 3 Tablespoons butter (if needed)
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or whole wheat flour
- 2 cups milk
- Sea salt
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- Steam green beans until tender. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, saute onion and butter together until the minced onion is lightly toasted.
- Turn heat down to low.
- Stir in cornstarch, then add milk.
- Turn heat up to thicken cream sauce, stirring constantly until sauce is thick and bubbly.
- Stir in cooked green beans, salting liberally.
- Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
- Top with grated cheese.
- Cover and bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake for 10 minutes more.
To Freeze Green Bean Casserole:
Make the casserole as directed in the recipe above. All it to cool completely. Cover and freeze for up to three months.
To bake and serve, thaw casserole in the refrigerator and bake as directed. OR, cover the frozen dish with foil. Place it in a cold oven*. Turn the oven on to 250° and bake for 2 hours. Turn the oven up to 350° to continue baking to heat through.
*Be sure your oven is cold when you put in the frozen dish! Otherwise, the pan will crack because of the extreme temperature change.
There is a One-Dish Meal version of this casserole in my Oh, For Real Cookbook called Hearty Green Bean Casserole. It includes hamburger and it is awesome.
Note that if you use corn starch instead of wheat flour to make the sauce for this recipe, it will be completely gluten free.
I think this will soon become one of your favorite holiday dishes! Then, of course, you will find yourself making it many times all year round. No need to wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas for this one!
Here are the quick links to all the recipes we covered in this series:
- Make-Ahead Turkey
- Stuffing Muffins
- Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
- Oh Good Gravy
- Green Bean Casserole
- How to Make Frozen Pies
- Simple Whipped Sweet Potatoes
- How to make Whipped Cream
- Whole Wheat Stir-and-Pour Dinner Rolls