Saturday, November 10, 2007

Green Bean Casserole

Yes, this is the infamous green bean casserole. I don't care that it is a cliche, I love it. I have two versions-the old stand by and a lower cal version with no mushroom soup that I make cause your dad doesn't like mushrooms.

Serves 6-8
Set oven to 350

Old Fashioned Green Bean Casserole

2 packages frozen Italian-cut green beans or an equal amount of fresh green beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans Campbells mushroom soup
4 tbl soy sauce
1 can sliced water chestnuts (optional)
1 large can french fried onion rings
salt & pepper to taste

If using fresh beans, wash, tip, slice, blanch, and drain. If using frozen beans, defrost and drain.
Add garlic, soup, soy sauce, 1/2 can of onion rings, salt & pepper to taste. Place in a greased, oven-proof casserole dish and bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove foil and top with remaining onion rings. Bake 15-20 minutes more or until onion rings are browned

New Green Bean Casserole
2 tbl olive oil
1 very large onion or 2 small onions, cut in 1/2 and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 tbl flour
1 1/2 cans chicken stock (no-fat, salt-free)
4 tbl soy sauce
2 packages frozen Italian-cut green beans or an equal amount of fresh green beans
1 can sliced water chestnuts (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 large can french fried onion rings (optional)

If using fresh beans, wash, tip, slice. If using frozen beans, defrost and drain.
On top of the stove in a covered pan over low heat, cook onion in olive oil w/ a sprinkle of salt for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove lid from pan, add garlic, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes and let brown. The onions should be rich and sweet tasting. Add flour and cook 3-4 more minutes. Add stock, soy sauce, water chestnuts, green beans, salt & pepper. Place in a greased, oven-proof casserole dish and bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove foil and top with onion rings. Bake 15-20 minutes more or until onion rings are browned

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