The fragrance of crispy fried onions is so lovely. Here, as the grand finale they accent our classic green bean and mushroom casserole... The side no holiday dinner should live without.
Styling Kari Wardrop, Photography Jerry Grajewski.

Styling Kari Wardrop, Photography Jerry Grajewski.


  •  1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, finely chopped 

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 cups wild mushrooms, chopped

  • 4 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 1/2 pounds green beans

  • 15 large shallots, peeled, sliced

  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped

  • Canola oil for frying



In saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until translucent. Add thyme, stock, and cream; bring to boil. Mix 1/4 cup our with butter in small bowl. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in butter flour mixture until incorporated. Return to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, whisking constantly. Add lemon juice and season.

In large pot of salted water, blanch beans until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and chill in ice bath. Drain on paper towels.

Toss shallots with remaining our in bowl. In saucepan, heat oil to high heat and fry shallots, stirring constantly, until golden. Drain on paper towel. Season.

To serve, preheat oven to 350°F. In saucepan sauté mushrooms in 2 tablespoons oil until golden. Transfer to bowl; add cream mixture and beans. Transfer to ovenproof casserole dish and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. To serve, top with parsley and crispy shallots. Serves 8.