Green Beans and Ham Casserole

Ingredients

Dairy

butter1 tablespoon
heavy cream1/2 cup

Dry Goods

white flour1/4 cup
chicken broth1 1/4 cup
canned French fried onions6 ounces

Produce

green beans12 ounces, trimmed
button mushrooms8 ounces, sliced

Protein

cooked ham1 pound, diced

Instructions

Tell your kids they’re eating a Dr Seuss recipe, just with green BEANS instead of eggs! 🙂 This plays off the traditional green bean casserole typically served at Thanksgiving, but with the addition of chunks of cooked ham. You can use lunchmeat-style ham, if that’s all you can find, but I recommend cubing a cooked ham, for better texture.

This recipe not only recreates the canned soup flavor and mouthfeel by using fresh ingredients but does so in about 15 minutes of prep time.

Try as I may, green bean casserole is really only a green bean casserole when you’ve used canned French fried onions. I must have tried a half dozen times to replicate the texture on my own, and I couldn’t! So stick with the pre-made French fried onions; they’ll retain a crispness even after cooking that is difficult to replicate using raw ingredients.

  1. Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. While the water is heating, fill a large bowl halfway with water and add a handful of ice cubes.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the green beans and cook, about 10-12 minutes, until they have turned bright green and have started to soften. Immediately transfer the green beans to the bowl of ice water, then drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk until combined. The flour mixture will be clumpy; that’s okay. Cook the flour mixture about 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until it begins to brown.
  4. Once the flour has browned slightly, slowly add the chicken stock, 1/4 cup at a time, whisking between each addition until smooth. Do the same with the heavy cream, then turn the heat to low and simmer the mixture, whisking often, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350*F.
  6. Place the sliced mushrooms in a food processor and pulse, until chopped. You can also use a knife. Combine the mushrooms with the flour-thickened sauce and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  7. Combine the ham, green beans, and mushroom mixture and stir to combine. Spread in the bottom of a large casserole dish. 
  8. Top the mixture with an even layer of French fried onions, then place the dish in the oven.
  9. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until the cream is bubbling and the beans are soft and cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before serving.

Prep Plan

Prep it for later:
1. Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. While the water is heating, fill a large bowl halfway with water and add a handful of ice cubes.
2. Once the water is boiling, add the green beans and cook, about 10-12 minutes, until they have turned bright green and have started to soften.
3. Immediately transfer the green beans to the bowl of ice water, then drain and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
4. Add the flour and whisk until combined. The flour mixture will be clumpy; that’s okay.
5. Cook the flour mixture about 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until it begins to brown.
6. Once the flour has browned slightly, slowly add the chicken stock, 1/4 cup at a time, whisking between each addition until smooth.
7. Do the same with the heavy cream, then turn the heat to low and simmer the mixture, whisking often, until thickened, about 5 minutes.
8. Remove from the heat and set aside.
9. Place the sliced mushrooms in a food processor and pulse, until chopped. You can also use a knife.
10. Combine the mushrooms with the flour-thickened sauce and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
11. Add the green beans and chopped ham to the mushroom mixture and stir to combine.
12. Transfer the entire mixture to a large resealable bag or container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days or the freezer for up to 2 months.

You’ll need:
1 bag or container of green beans, mushroom, and ham mixture

Prepare from prepped:
1. Preheat the oven to 350*F.
2. Spread the green beans, mushroom, and ham mixture in the bottom of a large casserole dish.
3. Top with French fried onions
4. Bake 25-30 minutes, until the cream is bubbling and the beans are soft and cooked through.
5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before serving.

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