Homemade Skillet Green Bean Casserole! – when your oven is bursting and there isn’t enough room for one more casserole dish, this stove top version is priceless!
Whats that saying, ‘necessity is the mother of all invention’. Last T-Day this mother was trying to figure out how to cram 6 baking dishes into one regular size oven. Like I didn’t think of that before? Food Blogger my….
I guess I was hoping something wonderful would happen. Like I’d grow another oven or something…
So I did what I always do. I just started cooking! I sautéed up the mushrooms in some butter, added garlic and a bit of flour, then a splash of chicken stock. The stock and flour is what thickens the half and half and makes it the perfect consistency, much like the version with the can of cream of ka-ka that we all love. Only this is so much better and fresh tasting!
The one step that I wanted to omit so badly, was blanching the beans. But you can’t. You have to par cook those little beaners. Whether you cook in a skillet or bake in the oven, they need a head start. So I blanched and rinsed. Martha would ‘shock them in a bowl of ice water’, but I didn’t have time for a bath, let alone give the beans one. A quick rinse in cool tap water proved to be just as effective.
So, beans are blanched. You have thickened up the mushrooms with some half and half.
Toss in the par cooked beans!
Stir, stir, cook, cook. Top with store bought french onions. (nope, didn’t make my own. I still love those canned french fried onions!). Lid on, cook a bit more and boom! You just diverted disaster and Aunt Knowsitalls sweet potato marshmallow mess is tucked into the oven all warm and ready to send Uncle Bob into a diabetic coma…man, I love the holidays!
More VINO! This Mutha of Invention is rockin’ it!
I have a few more holiday dishes that should make your biggest cooking day oaf the year, just a little less hectic.
Another ‘no oven required’ side dish! Slow Cooker Mash Potatoes!
And Make Ahead Stuffing! Now you are looking like a profession T-Day Chef! Look how organized and calm you are…amazing!
To the Holidays, Family and keeping sane in the kitchen!
A easy stove top version of this popular casserole! No can of soup required. Just fresh ingredients in this crowd pleaser!
- 2 pounds trimmed fresh green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 3/4 cup half and half
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 6 ounce container crispy fried onions like French's brand
- salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Fill large soup pot with water and bring to a boil. Blanch green beans for about 3-5 minutes until crisp tender. Drain and rinse with COLD water to stop cooking process. Set aside
In large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter.
Add sliced mushrooms and saute' until slightly brown. Add garlic, continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour over the mushroom mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes or until flour is fully incorporated and slightly browned.
Add chicken stock and cook until simmering and thickened.
Add half and half, salt and pepper. Cook until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
Add Worcestershire sauce and stir.
Taste for seasoning. More salt? More pepper? If using low sodium chicken stock you may have to add a considerable more amount of salt.
Add blanched green beans, toss well. Cover and cook for 6-7 minutes or until beans are at desired tenderness.
Top with fried onions, cover and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Time Saver! Buy already trimmed, washed green beans. You will pay a little more but I found it to be worth it.
Make ahead prep: Blanch beans and slice mushrooms a day or two in advance. The cream sauce is best made on the day you are serving.