A delicious and healthy Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallot Pecan Topping! Say goodbye to retro canned soup casseroles and hello to fresh and flavorful ones!
Halfway through the week and 8 days until Thanksgiving! Today I’m continuing with the Thanksgiving side dish recipes and sharing this fresh and healthy Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallot Pecan Topping.
Green bean casserole is actually something that was never on our Thanksgiving table when I was growing up. I remember someone brought it once and not many people were digging into it. I remember taking a scoop and realizing why my mom never bothered to make it.
For the most part it’s just a ton of canned cream of mushroom soup, canned mushy green beans and french fried onions on top. You could probably get your whole day’s worth of sodium in one serving.
To give this retro recipe a much needed facelift, I opted to skip everything canned and go fresh all the way. It may take a little longer, but the flavor is far superior and you know exactly what you’re eating.
The crispy shallot and pecan topping is definitely the star of this casserole, just like those canned french fried onions are on the traditional recipe. Confession: I HATE raw onions. I used to not find them so offensive, but age has changed my tastes and just the smell of them almost make me gag.
You can imagine the misery I was in as I thinly sliced three cups of shallots. Tears pouring out of my eyes, my nose burning, I could still smell them the next morning when I got up. Despite hating them raw, I do love them crispy. My husband on the other hand loves onions in any form and was thrilled with this crispy shallot pecan topping!
Instead of frying the shallots I baked them, which means when you find yourself sneaking a handful off the baking sheet while you make the casserole you don’t have to feel bad about eating them. The toasted pecans add more crunch and nuttiness that goes great with the shallots and the creamy green bean and mushrooms. Ditch the cans this Thanksgiving and reach for the fresh stuff, you won’t regret it!
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