Green Bean Casserole
Laura Sant
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This recipe is an adaptation of the one developed in the 1950s by the Campbell's Soup Company.

Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> oz. dried shiitake mushrooms, stemmed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 lb. green beans, cut into 2" pieces
  • Canola oil
  • 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cups flour
  • 2 small yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring stock to a boil in a small pot. Remove from heat; add mushrooms. Cover; let soften for 20 minutes. Strain; reserve broth. Thinly slice mushrooms; set aside. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans; cook until tender, 2 minutes. Chill beans in an ice bath; drain and pat dry.
  2. Pour oil into a large pot to a depth of 2". Heat over medium-high heat until oil registers 350° on a deep-fry thermometer. Put 1 cup flour into a bowl. Working in batches, toss onions in flour; shake off excess and fry until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and season with salt.
  3. Heat oven to 375°. Grease an 8"× 8" casserole with 1 tbsp. butter; set aside. Melt remaining butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in remaining flour; cook for 1 minute. Pour in reserved broth while whisking; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Whisk in cream and combine with beans, half the onions, reserved mushrooms, and salt and pepper in a bowl; transfer to casserole. Top with remaining onions; bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes.