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green bean casserole a la French's--but from scratch

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My family has always done French's green bean casserole. Last year I was determined to move us away from canned (it calls for canned cream of mushroom soup). Unfortunately, the recipe I used, which was essentially green beans in bechamel, was not a winner. Any super tasty mushroomy recipes that don't require a can? TIA!

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  1. Canned cream of mushroom is really just like a bechamel with mushrooms you would make at home, except it has MSG. Not sure if you can really recreate it at home without MSG.

    I suppose you can try this TK recipe, which is not a bechamel but mushrooms and cream: http://www.thecookbookchronicles.com/...

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    1. re: jaykayen

      My family hates the one with mushroom soup, so I make this one, and they love it: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recip...

    2. Have you seen Thomas Keller's Green Bean Casserole recipe?

      http://nymag.com/restaurants/articles...

      1. One thanksgiving I steamed fresh green beans, made a sauce from mushroom brie and more mushrooms with home made crispy onions on top. Before tasting, everyone was skeptical. But YUM!!!

        1. Fry bacon, add green beans and garlic, saute until golden, steam until tender, serve.

          1. May I suggest you make it anyhow? People tend to like their same old same old. It's a salt lick recipe--if whatever you make isn't salty it's never going to fly as a substitute.

            I'd suggest making a half recipe of a new one alongside the standard French's. Maybe when people can taste test they'll choose based on taste rather than what their mouth was watering for all year. I do this with desserts when everyone wants the same old pies, and the 'new' desserts I bring for my own fun always disappear first. But there are those that want their sliver of pumpkin pie, otherwise it just isn't Thanksgiving.

            This recipe looks good to me, actually, I think because it's so cheesy. The extra saltiness from the cheese might make people like it. They put onions and a squeeze of lemon in their bechamel.
            http://dricksramblingcafe.blogspot.co...

            Or really freak everyone out and bring this as an appetizer!
            http://www.frenchs.com/recipe/green-b...