24 December 2008

Green Bean Casserole

photo of Koko in a Santa hat

This recipe is doubled from the original of 6-8 servings. If that is the number of servings you need, please click on the link below and it will take you to the original site.

What you Will Need

* 4 teaspoons unsalted butter
* 3 pounds green beans, ends trimmed and cut lengthwise into thin strips and blanched
* 4 1/2 cups Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup, click on link for recipe
* 4 tablespoons Essence, plus 2 teaspoons, click on link for recipe
* 4 cups grated Fontina **Hint: Fontina is a soft cheese, so put in the freezer for about an hour or so, this will firm it up and make grating much easier

If you wish to forego having to go to all the work of frying the onions, you can use French's Fried Onions, instead and disregard the remaining ingredients.
* 4 to 5 cups vegetable oil
* 4 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/16- inch thick)
* Hot pepper sauce
* 2 cups all-purpose flour

Putting It Together

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with the butter and set aside.

  1. In a large bowl, combine the green beans, Wild Mushroom Soup, 2 teaspoons of Essence, and 3 cups of the cheese, and stir well

  2. Pour into the prepared dish, sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese on top, and bake until bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes (this is the original baking time and ha NOT been doubled like the rest of the recipe, so it may take longer to heat through. After 30 minutes, I would watch it closely)

  3. In a large saucepan, add enough oil to come about 3 inches up the sides, and heat to 360 degrees

  4. Pat the onions dry

  5. Drizzle the hot sauce over the onions and then toss

  6. In another bowl, add the flour and 2 tablespoons of Essence and mix to combine

  7. Add the onions and toss to coat

  8. Remove any excess flour from the onions and add to the hot oil

  9. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden brown, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes

  10. Remove from oil and let drain on paper towels

  11. Place onions on the top of the casserole and serve

    • If you are lazy like me, you can skip steps 3-10 and just use the traditional French's French Fried Onions
Photo courtesy of... Food Network

Recipe courtesy of... Food Network and Emeril Lagasse


  1. You should write a cookbook!!!

    Merry Christmas!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  2. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Looks so good! I promise I will post my chili recipe soon. It's nothing terribly special, just a pinch of this and that. :D

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and may God bless you and yours. :)

  3. Furkidsmom: Thank you. Have a Merry Christmas!

    Mrs. Mecomber: Fantastic, I will be looking forward to it. I have never made chili before. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

  4. Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!!! Wishing you the best!

  5. Wishing you the TIMELESS treasures of the world…

    The love of GOD, warmth of HOME, the CARE of FAMILY, and the company of GOOD FRIENDS!

    A joyous CHRISTMAS to YOU and your FAMILY.

  6. Yet another delicious-sounding recipe - yum yum.

    Mom wishes you could give my dad lessons. ;-)

    Merry Christmas! Koko, I love your hat!

  7. Health Nut Wannabee Mom: Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday Season:)

    Darwin: Thank you very much! Very well said! Merry Christmas to you all!

    Lux: Thank you. I'll let him know. Merry Christmas to you as well:)

  8. Koko looks so festive and the casserole looks yummy!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. BeadedTail: Thank you, it's the only picture we were able to get of him, which is why it's being repeated in today's post. Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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