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Green Bean Casserole

Serves 6-8 as a side dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb green beans, ends cut off and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tbs salt for the boiling water
  • 1 big bowl of ice water
  • 4 strips of bacon diced
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 8 oz. shitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

Bring a stockpot full of water to a boil and add 1 Tbs of salt. Blanch green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, move green beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

In a large saute pan, cook diced bacon over medium heat until it has turned crispy and rendered most of its fat. Remove the bacon bits from the pan, leaving the bacon fat in the pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute for 2 minutes. Add all of the mushrooms and saute for 8-10 minutes or until the mushrooms have cooked out all of their water and have browned nicely.

Add 1 Tbs of paprika to the mushrooms and give it a stir. Add 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream to the pan. Season with 1 tsp salt and pepper. Bring the cream and mushroom mixture to a boil, let boil for 1 minute, and then turn the heat off.

Drain green beans from the ice water and mix in the saute pan with the mushroom cream mixture. Pour entire contents of the saute pan into a casserole dish. Place into a pre heated 375 degree oven and cook for 25 minutes.

Remove hot casserole from the oven. Cover with a layer of breadcrumbs, then a layer of bacon bits, and then a thin layer of bread crumbs. Return to the oven, and turn on the broiler element. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the top of the casserole is very nicely browned.

Serve immediately.

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About Chef Pete

Chef Pete received his classical training at the Western Culinary Institute in 1999, and then went on to work in the kitchens of various restaurants in WI, NM, and IL.

After working as a corporate chef for Sub-Zero Corp. and then the Viking Cooking School, Pete realized that there are 4 things in life that he truly loves:
1. His Family
2. Teaching others how to cook great food in their own kitchens.
3. Cycling
4. Tacos.
In That Order.

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