April 10, 2011

Tangy Green Bean Mushroom Casserole

Worth keeping...

It won't be long before many of us will be baking Easter hams or preparing a lamb feast of spring celebration of sorts for whatever reason we choose, depending on our religion and customs. I know many will bring out the favorite bean and broccoli casseroles, the potato gratins and salads, and the many long established side dishes that indeed is customary on our tables. As for holidays, I say thank goodness for traditions. It is a certainty that makes us all feel good, brings about a feeling of belonging and a steadfast thought in time that even as seasons change, some things can remain steadfast, that is good family recipes.

That certainty is a good thing, one mouthful at a time we enjoy our heritage recipes. And that is really the main drive behind my desire to share my recipes with you, to preserve not mine of course, but the legacy of our parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, of all that have passed along a recipe that is so remarkably good, folks come back for second helpings and even ask for the recipe.

This is one such side dish, one from an aunt whose few recipes were recorded, this one on a torn piece of brown paper bag and tucked into a worn, faceless cookbook from the fifties.

Enjoy!


Tangy Green Bean Mushroom Casserole

creamy sauce
1 1/4 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed, cut & blanched (or 16 oz frozen)
4 strips bacon, chopped
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 -10.75 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 to 3 tablespoons cream
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded American cheese
toasted seasoned bread cubes

Preheat oven to350 degrees F.
Heat a skillet over medium high heat and cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a small bowl and put aside. Add mushrooms to the grease and saute until brown. Remove and set aside.
Add the butter and cook the onion, bell pepper and garlic in the skillet until tender. Stir in the sherry and cook until mixture reduces in half.  Stir in the mushroom soup and mix in enough cream (or milk) for a creamy sauce. Stir in the vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a large bowl, mix the green beans and the creamy sauce together. Fold in the cheese, bacon and sauteed mushrooms.
Scrape into a buttered oblong (9x13-inch) baking dish and bake for 15 minutes uncovered.
Sprinkle with the bread cubes and bake another 10 minutes or until bubbly.


Note: I also like to use a Swiss Gruyère or Italian Fontina for the cheese and sometimes top with the traditional fried onions. For the bread cubes, I toss day-old bread cubes in seasoned butter.

12 comments :

  1. I have yet to have any kind of green bean casserole, there's always onions, this one doesn't have that much in there so I can omit and try it! I have been always curious since it seems to be the number most asked for side at every holiday! Thanks for posting perfect for EASTER coming up!

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  2. Yummy, I can't wait to try this one in place of the traditional.

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  3. Green bean casseroles are a comfort food for me. My mom used to make them all the time for weekend suppers. I'm sending this along to her for Easter!

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  4. That sounds so nice. It's close enough to a familiar green bean casserole to be comforting, but different enough to be fun.

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  5. I just want to cry when I see green bean casseroles because I love them in any form but I can't get my family into them at all. This one looks fantastic. What to do!

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  6. This is a nice take on green bean casserole...one I will be ear marking for Thanksgiving. Now I am not waiting until Thanksgiving to try this one but, I am always asked to bring the green bean casserole then so....I try and change things around alot.

    On deck for next week are your short ribs!

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  7. drick you always have the greatest comfort recipe, can't get any better than green bean casserole for any holiday!! yummy recipe

    sweetlife

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  8. This reminds me of my childhood, Drick. Combined with the Journey song that came on my radio.

    Sweet sweet childhood memories! :)

    Heart ya, cuz, this one's a keeper!

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  9. Yes, perfect comfort food...I love this twist on the green bean casserole!

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  10. Love your version of green bean casserole, with the sherry and mushrooms. Yum! Looks scrumptious!

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  11. What a great version of this classic...the add of mushrooms is so welcome. Amazing that such long lost recipes can have such a twist to them, they just need us to revive them (usually you). Wonderful recipe and re-inventive of a classic, I love it!

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  12. Worth keeping indeed! This is true, old-fashioned comfort food.

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