Now that the food has been eaten and the pies enjoyed thoroughly, everyone is figuring out what to do with leftovers and planning out their holiday shopping escapades. Retailers have reported that more shoppers turned out for this year’s Black Friday in comparison to last year. That is surely a good sign.
I wanted to share a recipe that was a hit at our holiday get-together. This is a Food Network Recipe that was posted by Alton Brown, a host on the Food Network Channel. I enjoy trying new recipes and found this one to be simple and delicious. I substituted veggie broth for the chicken broth and baked in a pyrex dish rather than the cast iron skillet. It was enjoyed by all of us, I hope that you are able to share it with your loved ones. It is a nice way of sneaking vegetables into the diets of the picky eaters in your family. My husband doesn’t like mushrooms, but he didn’t seem to mind the mushrooms in this dish! Enjoy!
For the topping:
For beans and sauce:
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.
Dr. Jaspreet Mundeir, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in the East Bay Area. She is the owner of East Bay Natural Medicine where she focuses on helping patients achieve their optimal health state using homeopathy, hydrotherapy, nutritional supplements, botanical medicine and bio-identical hormones.
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