Green Bean Casserole – a holiday favorite minus the canned soup!
We are just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving. Are you ready? Do you have your menu planned? We are spending Thanksgiving with our family this year, so I am not in charge of cooking. We usually have many of the same things though, so I am pretty sure I know exactly what will be on the menu. I am very much into traditions, but sometimes I like to switch things up. I am known for always having too much food around, and the holidays are a prime example. The more side dishes the better! One thing that will always be on our menu though is Green Bean Casserole.
I did not grow up with green bean casserole. It was never something that my mom made. I first had it when I started celebrating holidays with my husband’s family. I immediately fell in love, and requested that my mom start making it. She talked to my mother in law, got her recipe, and it is now on our holiday table. My husband and son are not fans of it, so the only time I get it is when the holidays roll around. Thankfully my husband’s family loves it so there is always a large casserole at celebrations.
For my Green Bean Casserole I use 2 cans of Del Monte green beans that I drain and rinse. Also, instead of canned soup, I make a roux of my own (flour, butter, and milk sauce). Making your own roux means that you can control the flavor. Or you can add fresh mushrooms here if you want. I like it simple with a little salt, pepper, and a little fresh nutmeg. I do use store bought fried onions, but one of these days I am going to get ambitious and make those from scratch as well. I can only imagine how they would up the flavor. Are you in need of other ideas? Be sure to check out the Del Monte Thanksgiving Tips.
- 2 Tbls butter
- 2 Tbls flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk (I use skim)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans Del Monte green beans, drained and rinsed.
- 3/4 cup fried onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray a 9 inch pie plate.
- In a skillet melt the butter over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a couple minutes, stirring constantly.
- Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Once it starts to thicken, add green beans and stir to coat.
- Pour into prepared pie plate. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with fried onions, and return to oven for 5 minutes; or until golden brown.
- Serve immediately.
This post was sponsored by Del Monte through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Del Monte, all opinions are my own.