Thanksgiving is right around the corner now! So, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my recipe for green bean casserole from scratch! Whether you eat this dish year round or not (and we do!) it’s just not Thanksgiving without it. This recipe is made entirely from the ground up, fresh green beans, fresh mushrooms, even fresh onions on top! And with the other key ingredients being cream and butter, you know you’re in for a treat!
Fry Up Those Onions
Making homemade fried onions is easier than you might think. And the result is incredible. So much better than the store bought kind. To make them, slice the onions really thin and put them in a bowl with about a cup and a half of milk. Then, let them sit for 5 minutes. After that simply dredge them through flour and fry them in oil at a high to medium heat. It’s so quick and easy and will really set your casserole apart from the rest.
Another nice thing about making homemade fried onions is that they can be made in advance. Just store them in an air tight container and they’ll be ready to go when you need them. And if you’re making this for a big Thanksgiving dinner, then you know how important it is to do as much as possible in advance!
And we can’t forget about the yummy green beans! I use about 2 lbs. for this casserole. It might seem like a lot but once they’re all cooked down, you really do need this much to fill the casserole dish. And with how delicious this dish is, you’ll want to have plenty.
Dice up those mushrooms!
When it comes to the mushrooms, I like to chop them very finely. I use my food processor to get them really small. Just toss the mushrooms in and pulse until you get a consistency as shown above. If you like, you can leave them in bigger pieces but personally, I think they taste better like this. It really distributes the mushroom taste throughout the casserole.
Once the mushrooms have been finely chopped, sautè them in a pan with butter to cook out all the juices. After the liquid sizzles out, add the two tablespoons of flour and stir.
I hope you enjoy my recipe for green bean casserole from scratch! It tastes so good with my homemade cranberry sauce! Make sure to put it in a beautiful casserole dish, like the one featured below.