Green bean casserole is an amazingly nostalgic holiday side dish for many of us. With its creamy mushroom sauce, mouth-watering aroma and crunchy fried onion topping, the green bean casserole is a beloved Thanksgiving dish for many.
One would think it would be difficult to create a paleo version of this dairy and wheat-filled traditional side dish, but it actually isn't too complicated. The trick is to make a quick paleo mushroom soup with cashew milk instead of cream. Using earthy chopped portabella mushrooms will punch up the elegance factor and flavor. Homemade mushroom soup is infinitely better than the canned variety.
While you could use canned or frozen green beans for this recipe, we highly recommend using fresh beans. It ensures you'll have a satisfying snap in your mouth when you take a bite, and the green bean flavor really shines through the cream and mushrooms.
Depending on the length of your fresh beans, cut them in half or thirds so they are of even size. Uniform-sized pieces always adds a certain "Food Network" professional appearance to the final presentation.
The next step is to create a quick and easy paleo cream of mushroom soup. This is easily done by sauteing chopped portabellas in butter, adding almond milk and arrowroot starch and whisking while the mixture comes to a boil. The creamy sauce will thicken beautifully, and you will be amazed at how delicious this soup/sauce is.
Once you have combined beans and mushroom sauce, simply pop it into the oven to bake and bubble. The aroma of savory mushrooms, cream, and green beans will fill your home. The last step, if you should so choose, is to dust thinly sliced white onions in tapioca starch and fry for a few minutes in a shallow pan of oil. When your green bean casserole comes out of the oven, all you need to do is top it with crunchy fried onions and serve.
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Your guests will thank you for putting a little time and love into making this paleo green bean casserole for them. Guaranteed or your money back!
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