Modern Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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Modern Green Bean Casserole

Lynn Dine


A recipe I found via FB today, but from the NY Times article for: Thanksgiving-recipes-across-the-United-States, that I want to try for our holiday meals. Here is what is stated: "This version pays tribute to the classic but upgrades its components. The cream of mushroom soup is replaced with crème fraîche and sautéed mushrooms; bacon and Gruyère are added to the mix; fresh green beans stand in for frozen (though you could use frozen in a pinch); and bread crumbs swap in for the Ritz crackers — though Mr. Wright said the Ritz topping is surprisingly good. MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN"

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30 Min


45 Min




2 Tbsp
unsalted butter
2 lb
green beans, trimmed and broken in half
6 slice
shallots, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 lb
mushrooms, sliced
1 c
crème fraîche
1/3 c
heavy cream
6 oz
gruyère, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
2 tsp
chopped fresh marjoram or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (optional)
1/2 c
bread crumbs (or crumbled ritz crackers)

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Use 1 tablespoon butter to grease a 2- to 2 1/2-quart baking dish or gratin.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously and add green beans. Boil for 5 minutes and transfer to a bowl of cold water. Drain on a kitchen towel.
Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crispy, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to paper towels and let cool.
Discard all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in pan and return to heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and turn heat up slightly. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of pan, until mushrooms begin to sweat. Add salt to taste and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl whisk together crème fraîche and cream. Stir in Gruyère. Add green beans, mushrooms and shallots, and marjoram or thyme. Crumble in bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir everything together until beans are well coated. Transfer to baking dish.
Melt remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs(or Ritz crackers). Sprinkle evenly over top of casserole. Bake 30 minutes, until bread crumbs are golden brown and casserole is bubbling. Remove from heat, let sit until bubbles subside, and serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American