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Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart  

Green Beans with Sherried Mushroom Sauce

Here's a faster, fresher take on green bean casserole that's done all on the stovetop--one less thing to try to work into oven rotation on the big day. Although we use fresh beans and make our own creamy sauce, we've kept the French-fried onions (arguably the best part of traditional green bean casserole). To speed prep, you can purchase bags of fresh, pretrimmed green beans from the produce section.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 10 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
  • Hands-on: 30 Minutes
  • Total: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced onion
  • 1 (4-ounce) package fresh gourmet mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/3 cup French-fried onions, crushed (such as French's)

Preparation

1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a large straight-sided skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and green beans. Reduce heat to medium; cook 6 minutes or until tender. Drain beans; rinse with cold water. Drain and set aside.

2. Wipe skillet clean and dry with paper towels; return skillet to medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sliced onion; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; sauté 3 minutes or until mushrooms brown, stirring occasionally. Add sherry and thyme; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in flour; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add cream cheese; stir until cheese melts. Stir in stock; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat. Add beans; toss to coat. Sprinkle with crushed onions.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 4.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 10.9g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 226mg
  • Calcium: 47mg
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