Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Quentin Bacon
  • Yield: servings


1/4cup olive oil
6medium shallots, sliced into rings
1 1/2pounds fresh string beans
1pound button mushrooms, sliced
6cloves garlic, minced
1tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
3cups 1% milk
3tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3cup freshly grated parmesan, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/4teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking.
  2. Add 1/4 cup shallots and cook, stirring, until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining shallots, cooking 1/4 cup at a time. Reserve oil in skillet.
  3. Place green beans in a steamer basket fitted over a pot of boiling water. Cover and steam until bright green and still crisp, about 3 minutes.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of reserved shallot oil in a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms begin to brown and liquid evaporates, about 12 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl.
  5. Whisk together milk and flour in a small bowl until flour is dissolved. Add milk-flour mixture to the skillet and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium low, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and stir in green beans, mushroom mixture, 1/3 cup cheese, parsley, nutmeg, salt and black pepper.
  6. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon green bean mixture into prepared dish and top with crispy shallots and remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Bake until golden on top and bubbling, about 20 minutes. Serves 8.

Recipe and photo reprinted with permission from  Comfort Food Fix by Ellie Krieger (Wiley Hardcover, $29.99.)

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 150
  • Fat 6g
  • Cholesterol 18g
  • Sodium 300mg
  • Carbohydrate 18g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Protein 9g