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Nov 20, 2011 07:54 AM

which green bean casserole version to make?

I'm trying to decide between Alton Brown's version and Cook's Illustrated. Has anyone tried either/both? Any preferences, comments? Thanks!!

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  1. I did Alton Brown's version one year. It was ok, but truth be told I think we all would have preferred the old mushroom soup/canned onion ring version.

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    1. re: chicgail

      I did Alton Brown's a few years ago. I really liked the sauce, but not the onions. I haven't been responsible for the green bean casserole since, but next time I would use the AB's sauce recipe with fresh green beans, but stick with canned onion rings.

      1. re: mpjmph

        I think that would really make a difference.

    2. Here's my personal version. Even Green Bean Casserole haters have come back for seconds. And any leftovers can be made into a new main dish by the addition of cooked bite-size pieces of turkey.


      1 pound package frozen whole green beans, thawed
      6-8 fresh Shitake mushrooms
      1-2 clusters Oyster mushrooms (or 1 cluster oyster mushrooms & 1 cluster Maitake mushrooms)
      6-8 Cremini mushrooms
      2-3 tablespoons butter
      1 can regular condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (NOT low or no fat!)
      ¾ cup of half-and-half or heavy cream
      1/3 cup dry sherry
      Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
      1 can French’s Original French Fried Onions

      Preheat oven to 350.
      Rinse & trim mushrooms (discard shitake stems or save for stock); slice. In a skillet large enough to hold all ingredients, melt butter & sauté mushrooms until they release their liquid & are “just” starting to brown a little. Stir in soup, half-&-half or cream, & sherry. Stir & simmer gently until mixture thickens a little, season to taste with salt & pepper, & gently fold in thawed green beans & approximately 1/3 can of fried onions. Transfer mixture to a baking dish (around 2-3 quart size) & bake for 20 minutes or until heated through, then top with remaining fried onions & continue baking for another 10 minutes or until onion topping is toasted a bit.