The Green Bean Casserole

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Av’s mom put me in charge of the pies and two other dishes, so I decided to make a couple of casseroles.

I love green bean casserole, but rather than doing the usual recipe that has cream of mushroom soup and those weird canned fried onions on top, I tried to do it a little more home-made…and it turned out *so* wonderful! From now on, I’m calling this *the* green bean casserole!

Ingredients (serves 12-14):
1-1/2 sticks butter
2 white or yellow onions diced
1 white or yellow onion sliced very thinly (for onion rings)
16 oz. button mushrooms, sliced into 4-5 pieces each
8 tbsp flour
4 cups hot milk
2 28oz cans green beans (I should have blanched fresh beans but I was lazy!)
12 oz. freshly grated parmesan cheese
oil for making onion rings
flour for dredging onion rings
salt, pepper
10.5″ x 14.75″ baking dish

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400*.
First, cook the two diced onions in 1/4 stick of butter, then when they are softened, add the mushrooms and cook until heated through:
Green Bean Casserole

In a very large saucepan, whisk together the butter and the hot milk along with the flour. Once that’s nice and smooth, add the green beans along with the onion/mushroom mixture. Season with salt and ground pepper.

Green Bean Casserole

Take half the contents of the saucepan and pour into a baking dish. Add half the freshly grated parmesan:

Green Bean Casserole

…then pour the rest of the saucepan’s contents into the baking dish, and cover with the remaining parmesan.

Be careful when putting it in the oven, because it is really-really heavy. Set the baking dish in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes – it will be nice and bubbly. While it’s baking, make the onion rings. Take the sliced onion and dredge the rings into flour, then place in a hot oiled skillet and fry until done (these are nice if they are super-thin). Season these when they first come out of the pan.

Once the casserole has cooked for 20 minutes, layer the onion rings on top and it’s all done!

Green Bean Casserole

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