Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Last Thanksgiving was my first attempt to tackle a gluten free green bean casserole. Having to make fried onions and cream of mushroom soup are two reasons why green bean casserole can be a bit tedious to make gluten free. If your willing to put in the work, the results are incredible. This can be made a day ahead of time and reheated when you need it. However, the fried onions are best and crispiest if done the day you plan on eating. Lets get started.
Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole:
For the onions:
2 medium onions sliced thin
1/4 cup GF flour mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
oil for frying
For the cream soup base:
2 Tbs butter
12 ounces mushrooms (cut into 1/2 pieces)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic (pressed)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbs GF flour mix
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup half and half
Green Beans:
1 pound green beans (trimmed and halved)
Casserole baking directions:
Bake in an 8x8 baking dish at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes add onions and bake 5 minutes longer.

I sliced two onions with a mandoline. In a medium bowl, combine gf flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Toss in the onions and coat thoroughly until all the flour mix is coated on to the onion slices. Heat oil (I used canola) in a heavy bottom pot or fryer to 325-350 degrees. Cook onions for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the onions, drain and set aside.
Next, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the green beans for 5 minutes. Drain into a colander and run under cold water for 2-3 minutes to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
My wife hates mushrooms, so I did not use any. However, I am including the full mushroom version here in the directions. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook the mushrooms until they begin to give up some of their liquid, about 4-5 minutes. Next, add the garlic and nutmeg and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes. Add the gf flour and mix until absorbed into the liquid, about 1 minute. Next add the chicken broth and half and half. Cook until the mixture thickens up, about 6-8 minutes. Do not let the soup mixture boil. Take half of the fried onions and roughly chop them. Add the chopped onions along with the green beans to the soup mixture.
After thoroughly coating the green beans and chopped onions with the soup, pour into a 8x8 baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree F oven.
Top with the rest of the fried onions and bake for another 5 minutes.
Dish up and you have a great gluten free side dish for your Thanksgiving meal. It may take a little effort but it is well worth it in the end. Enjoy!!!

20 comments:

  1. We never had green bean casserole growing up, but this looks amazing! My boyfriend doesn't like most of my food, but I bet he would love this!

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  2. That looks like the real thing. The onions look amazing. It is definitel a casserole I have missed, but haven't yet taken the time to make. Thanks for all the steps and pictures.

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  3. I believe your recipe would be much better than the pre-gluten-free versions I had. Onions...delightful.

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  4. Nice job Brian, my mother an I have come up with a green bean casserole over the years that doesn't require a "cream" base and its become my favorite dish. We found fried onions (gluten free) at the asian store here, but I may just try to do my own this year, yours look very yummy. Thanks for sharing, I know this classic dish is probably missing from many gluten free tables and hopefully your version can grace them!

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  5. This looks just AWESOME. This will be my very first GF thanksgiving and now a traditional favorite will make the table. Plus, my family will just think that I'm going entirely home made. I think I would try this even if I were not GF. Thanks so much for posting it.

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  6. I plan to use it as I will be the only GF customer, and want to enjoy this casserole. I'm hopeful it'll fake out the wheat-friendly people at the table. Thanks for the recipe!

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  7. I can't wait to make this. If it's anywhere near as good as your graham cracker recipe was, i'll have another winner on the table!

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  8. Brian, this was fantastic! We made it with the mushrooms, and it was spot on, even better than the 'original'. Thank you SO much!

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  9. I just found your recipe for Green Bean casserole and I am going to try it. Our daughter who is 14 hasnt had green bean casserole in over 3 years since she has been diagnosed. She has been asking for green bean casserole ever since. Thank you for the recipe post. I found your recipe off another website of things to try in 2010. We live in Tigard, OR. Thanks again!

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  10. is there any prepackaged fried onions that you can buy from the store?

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  11. Hi Nina, unfortunately I have not seen prepackaged gluten free fried onions in the store. I know it's a little extra work to do them at home but this is a very delicious recipe and worth the trouble.

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  12. I made both the "traditional" and your recipe today. No need to do that again.. This recipe is AWESOME. Very, very good. Even those non glutten free folks enjoyed it. What's not to enjoy. Thanks..

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  13. I made this today and it was a HUGE hit! Definitely the favorite of the day. My MIL said that she doesn't normally like green bean casserole but she loved this one. Thanks!

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  14. I stumbled across your recipe when planning my family's gluten free Thanksgiving, and decided to give it a try. It was delicious! Everyone loved it. Thank you!

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  15. My 18 year old daughter just became gluten intolerant 8 months ago. I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and it was by far the best green bean casserole we have ever had. Everyone loved it!! and asked for the recipe. I'd like to mention I used fresh shitake mushroom which gave the cream soup base an amazing mushroom flavor. I highly recommend this recipe wether you eat gluten or gluten free!

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  16. This is a great recipe!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Made this for Thanksgiving for many non-GF people and everyone loved it. I didn't want to share. Making it again for a party tomorrow night! Thanks!

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  18. We made this for Thanksgiving, and now for Christmas because everyone loved it. Thank you so much for sharing! Delicious.

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  19. I made this dish last year for Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit, so it is now officially on my holiday menu every year! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and Happy Holidays!

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  20. These were fantastic at Thanksgiving, so I'm asked to bring them again for Christmas. The sauce was fabulous. I like to add shredded cheddar and a can of green chiles; with more cheddar on top. I put together the night before. I stored the fried onions in a zip lock bag with a paper towel inside. When put on the casserole 10 minutes before done, they were crispy and crunchy. Thanks!!!

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