Scott’s No-Canned-Cream-of-Mushroom-Soup Green Bean Casserole

Over on Threads I offered to share this if anyone wanted me to, and someone took me up on it. It’s too long to put in a Threads post though, so I’m posting it here.

This isn’t a recipe website, and I hate it when those sites start recipe posts with 5,000 word essays, so I’ll just get into it. The title says it all anyway.

As I noted on Threads, I’m winging it these days, so the ratios might be slightly off. (Specifically, I’m not sure I used 3 pounds of beans… it was just a big bag at the supermarket.)


  • 3 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 medium-large onion, thinly sliced in half rings
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • About 1 cup crushed potato chips (or panko; I used chips this year because I forgot to get panko, and it was good)
  • Salt, pepper & seasoning blend to taste (I like Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute)


  1. Blanch the beans for 5-6 minutes in boiling, heavily salted water. Drain and shock with cold water, drain thoroughly and set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sliced onion and a generous amount of seasoning and cook (stirring occasionally) until soft and just starting to brown at the edges. Set onions aside on a paper towel to drain.
  3. In a 12″ skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook (stirring occasionally) until soft and liquid is released. Add white wine and cook down for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add flour and some of the seasonings and whisk until flour is thoroughly blended in, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Add broth about 1/4 cup at a time and whisk gently until completely absorbed and smooth before adding more. (Trick to a smooth gravy/roux/white sauce!)
  6. After all broth is added, stir in the milk and continue whisking as sauce thickens for 5-8 minutes. Taste and season as needed.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in beans. Transfer the mixture to a 13×9 casserole.
  8. In a small bowl, toss cooked onions and crushed potato chips (or panko). Sprinkle evenly over top of casserole.
  9. Bake uncovered at 375°F (190ºC) for 30-40 minutes or until bubbling and top is golden brown.

This gives “scare quotes” a whole new meaning…

Once SLP and I get a taste for the classic Thanksgiving dinner, we just can’t get enough. We often make a turkey in late October/early November in preparation for Thanksgiving, and often within a day or two of eating the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, we get another turkey and do it all over again.

Such was the case today. However, even though Thanksgiving was just three days ago, fresh turkeys are already hard to come by. I was at a local Cub Foods today and found several packaged fresh turkey halves, presumably cut up from the large stock of fresh Thanksgiving turkeys that went unsold.

But… when I got home, there was something about the label on the package that really did put the “scare” in “scare quotes“:

“Fresh” Turkey Half


The last Thanksgiving dinner you’ll ever host…

…might just include some of these foodstuffs. And I use the term loosely.

Yes, you can have your entire Thanksgiving dinner in soda form.

Update (November 26, 2006): Although I missed getting them in time for Thanksgiving, I picked up two packages of the Jones holiday soda at Target yesterday. I’m saving one pack for my parents at Christmas, but I’ll be bringing the other pack to work tomorrow to test on my coworkers. Stay tuned for more info…