Homemade Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Green Bean Casserole | She Paused 4 Thought

It is never too early to start thinking about Holiday meals. Meat has traditionally been the main attraction, but side dishes are now successfully vying for stardom. It is always fun to add a new dish to your repertoire, and even more interesting to amp up a classic. Today’s homemade version of the classic Green Bean Casserole is sure to make you retire your canned mushroom soup for good.

I recently had the privilege to meet the creator of my new favorite recipe – award-winning cookbook author Rick Rodgers at a book launch luncheon at Melissa’s Produce along with other fellow bloggers and food writers.

Big Book of Sides | Rick Rodgers

We savored several of his delicious recipes from his new book, The Big Book of Sides.

Rick Rodgers | She Paused 4 ThoughtRoasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup, Mexican Christmas Eve Salad, Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Orange glaze, Butternut Squash and Potato Gratin and Homemade Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Shallots.

The Big Book of Sides is Rick’s 48th cookbook under his own name and he has an additional 30 others with other cooks & celebrities. He worked his magic in the kitchen by showing us how to make the perfect gravy.


He adapted well to cooking under the watchful eyes and multiple cameras for his gravy demonstration.

Big Book of Sides | Rick Rodgers

He entertained us with stories and multiple helpful tips that you can find in his book.

This comprehensive cookbook has 450 recipes for vegetables, grains, salads, breads, sauces & more to get you motivated for regular meal & holiday menu planning. The 32 photos in the book are beautiful, but I wish there were more of them. His recipes are easy-to-follow and I love that he has main dish pairing for every recipe suggestions.

I especially like the special occasion menu plans. Who doesn’t appreciate a little help with that?

The Big Book of Sides is a welcome addition to my kitchen and I think it will be in yours too.

Homemade Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Shallots
Recipe type: Side Dish
A fresh alternative to the traditional green bean casserole, you will never want the canned version again.
  • 1 pound green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (I always use Kerrygold Butter)
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Maggi Seasoning or soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • ¾ cup (90 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large shallots, cut into ¼ inch rings, rings separated
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish.
  2. To prepare the casserole: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and cook just until they turn a brighter shade of green, about 2 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel. (To prepare the
  3. green beans ahead, wrap them in paper towels after drying, transfer to a 1-gallon plastic zip-tight bag, and refrigerate for up to 1 day.)
  4. Melt the butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the shallots and cook, stirring often, until they soften, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and stir well. Stir in the milk, broth, and Maggi and bring them to a boil, stirring often. (The mushroom sauce can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated for 1 day. Reheat in a large skillet over low heat.)
  5. Stir the green beans into the mushroom sauce. Transfer them to the baking dish. Season with pepper. Bake until the sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°F.
  6. To deep-fry the shallots: Meanwhile, pour enough of the oil into a large, deep skillet to come halfway up the sides and heat until the oil is shimmering and reads 365°F on an instant-read thermometer. Place a wire cake rack in a rimmed baking sheet.
  7. Mix the flour, salt, and pepper together in a brown paper bag. Mix the shallot rings and buttermilk in a medium bowl. In batches, remove the shallots from the buttermilk, letting the excess buttermilk drain back into the bowl. Add the shallots to the flour mixture and shake to coat. Transfer them to the oil and deep-fry until golden brown, about 1½ minutes. Using a wire spider or a slotted spoon, transfer the shallot rings to the cake rack to drain and place them in the oven-to keep warm. Top the casserole with the fried shallots and serve.
The green beans and mushroom sauce can be prepared and refrigerated separately up to 1 day in advance.

Where you are an experienced cook or a novice, The Big Book of Sides will be a staple for years to come in your kitchen.
…and then, she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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18 Responses to Homemade Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Shallots

  1. Natalie November 13, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Man, that looks amazing, Cathy!!! I’m sad to have missed that event – and seeing YOU! <3 may just have to make this for Thanksgiving! <3

    • Cathy Arkle November 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks Natalie, we missed you. The food was fabulous. You will love this recipe.

  2. SusanCooksinFrance November 13, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Cathy this sounds delicious and like a ‘real’ green bean casserole with “real” fried onions, yum!

    • Cathy Arkle November 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      Thanks Susan, it is always great to make recipes with fresh food!

  3. Lillian November 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    Thanks. I ordered his book. Love your blog, recipes and pictures.

    • Cathy Arkle November 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      Thanks Lillian, you are most welcome. Thanks for being such a great fan. 🙂

  4. sippitysup November 19, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Of course I have a sweet spot for this casserole. Everyone from my generation does. Thanks for sharing a less guilty version. GREG

    • Cathy Arkle December 1, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

      Yes Greg, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some version of this dish.

  5. nusrat2010 November 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    I’m from South Asia and we cook vegetables in a certain way. An ancient way. We love, love, love the way we cook it. With specific spices. But I’m hungry now for this buttery, velvetty green bean rendition that you adapted from the cook book 🙂 Looks yum to me ! Thanks a bunch for the recipe. Alluring close-up shot 😉

    A must try winter time veggie dish.

    • Cathy Arkle December 1, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

      I think every culture has “their way” of doing things. It is always fun to learn a new way. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Christina November 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Can’t stand the canned soup version, but this I would enjoy! Great recipe, as usual, Cathy!

    • Cathy Arkle December 1, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

      I hate to admit I do like both versions, but this is hands down the winner.

  7. Bob Gale November 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    i loved this recipe! I’m going to buy his book!

    • Cathy Arkle December 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks Bob, it is a great cookbook that I think should be in everyone’s kitchen.

  8. Leslie Macchiarella November 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I’m so all over this! In fact, I’m all over this at this very moment. And I just happen to have all the ingredients (that I was going to try to feel my way through without a recipe). So now you’re like the Green Bean Thanksgiving Angel. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

    • Cathy Arkle December 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      LOL Leslie. I have been called many things, but never a Green Bean Thanksgiving Angel. Hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving.

  9. CHERI NEWELL December 4, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Love green bean casserole… like this new take!

    • Cathy Arkle December 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      It is one of my favorite side dishes for the holidays.

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