Recipe Makeover: Green Bean Casserole
Thanksgiving is mere weeks away and the recipes keep piling in for my Recipe Makeover Project! Keep ‘em coming! As a reminder, if you have a caloric holiday recipe that you’d like modified, email it to me and we’ll tweak it!
Green bean casserole is a classic holiday calorie bomb. I’ve modified it into something quite a bit more manageable and, wow, it turned out AMAZINGLY WELL! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Skoog’s healthier take on GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-to-2-inch pieces (I use haricot vert)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups fresh mushrooms
1 large clove garlic, sliced
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 cup fresh, local white cheddar
2 Tablespoons shredded fresh parmesan
1/3 cup fresh, whole-wheat breadcrumbs
Optional: fried onions, sparingly
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Toss green beans in a large bowl with 1 Tbsp oil until well coated. Divide between 2 baking sheets and spread evenly. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender and beginning to brown, 20-25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until onions begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, stirring frequently until mushrooms begin to shrink, about 4 minutes. Add garlic. Saute for approximately 2-4 more minutes, until desired softness is reached. Add flour, salt and pepper, stirring for 1 minute. Add milk, vegetable broth, thyme and cheddar and continue to stir, scraping sides. Cook, stirring until the sauce bubbles and thickens enough to coat the back of your spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- When the green beans are done, remove from the oven and preheat the broiler.
- Transfer green beans into saucepan and mix together.
- Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart, broiler-safe baking dish. Spread evenly.
- Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the casserole. Add optional fried onions. Place under broiler and WATCH CLOSELY until the gratin is bubbling and beginning to brown on top, 1-4 minutes.
- Let stand for 10 minutes, then…MANGIA!