Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Casserole – 1 ½ pound fresh green beans washed and trimmed – 7-10 bacon slices cooked and crumbled – ½ cup cheddar grated
Creamy Mushroom Sauce – 4 tbsp butter – 8 oz fresh cremini or white button mushrooms sliced – 4 medium garlic cloves minced – 2 ½ tablespoon gluten-free flour or regular all-purpose – ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth or bouillon cube more if needed roo thick – 1 cup heavy cream – ½ cup parmesan grated – 1 teaspoon cajun spice – ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste – ¼ teaspoon Black pepper or to taste
Fried Onions – 1 large red onion sliced into thin half-moon circles – 3 tablespoon gluten-free flour – 3 tablespoon gluten-free breadcrumbs – 4 cups vegetable oil – Salt and pepper to taste – Peanut or canola oil for cooking preferred but can use other oil of choice
In a large pot,add water, salt and take it to a boil. Reduce the heat and lower the green beans into the water. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes.
Remove beans from water and transfer to ice cold water, once cooled, drain and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
In a large bowl, mix flour, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. Toss the onions in the mixture making sure they are fully coated.
Heat oil in a medium or large saucepot and fry onions until golden brown turning them over once making sure they are browned on all sides.
Once browned, spread them out on a cooling rack to remove the excess oil making sure the fried onion slices don’t touch one another.
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and saute for about 1 minute. Add garlic and seasonings.
Next, lower the heat and stir in the flour making sure to coat the mushrooms. Pour in ½ of the chicken/vegetable broth, stir and continue slowly adding the broth until all is used.
Simmer for few minutes and follow with cream, cajun, and parmesan. Stir constantly until sauce has thickened. The sauce will not thicken in the oven later.
Lower the green beans into the skillet and stir again until well combined. Remove from the heat.
Place the green beans sauce in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, add a layer of bacon and cheddar cheese on top. Top with fried onions in the middle or all over the dish (your call!).
Cover the dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes, Take off the foil and bake another 5-10 minutes until cheese has melted and the sides bubbly.
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