Recipe 3: Skinny Green Bean Casserole

Recipe 3: Skinny Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients: 

  • style="line-height: 200%;">3-4 medium shallots (in their skins) 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">Kosher salt (1 ½ teaspoons) 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">1 pound fresh green beans (stemmed and halved crosswise) 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">8 ounces cremini mushrooms (sliced, about 4 cups) 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • style="line-height: 200%;">3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">1 ½ cups mushroom, vegetable or chicken broth 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">Freshly ground black pepper 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">Vegetable cooking spray 
  • style="line-height: 200%;">1 cup fresh bread crumbs.

Directions

  1. style="line-height: 200%;">Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the shallots (in their skins) on a small baking dish, roast until soft, about 30 minutes.
  2. style="line-height: 200%;">When cool enough to handle, skin and coarsely chop the shallots. Set aside. 
  3. style="line-height: 200%;">Bring a medium-large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add kosher salt, to taste. Add the green beans, and cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. 
  4. style="line-height: 200%;">Drain the beans in the colander and rinse with cold water. Transfer the bean to a large bowl.
  5. style="line-height: 200%;">In the same saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, season with 1 teaspoon salt, cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the beans.
  6. style="line-height: 200%;">Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until golden, about 2 minutes. 
  7. style="line-height: 200%;">Slowly whisk in the broth, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the shallots, 1 teaspoon of the thyme, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. 
  8. style="line-height: 200%;">Pour the sauce over the vegetables and stir to combine evenly.

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