Pecan-Crusted Green Bean Casserole

READY IN: 45mins




  • Prepare the green beans: Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 2 tablespoons salt to the water and stir in the green beans. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice cubes and add some cold water. Place a colander squarely inside the ice bath. When the beans are cooked, remove them from the hot water with a strainer and plunge them to the colander in the ice bath. “Swirl” the beans around and submerge them in the ice water so they cool quickly. Drain.
  • Make the mushroom base for the casserole: Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, cayenne, white button and shiitake mushrooms. Season with salt to taste and cook until the mushrooms give off most of their liquid, 8-10 minutes. Stir the flour into the mushrooms. Add the chicken stock. Stir in the cream and sour cream and simmer gently. Continue cooking over low heat until the mixture thickens, 5-8 minutes. Add in the mustard. Taste for seasoning.
  • Make the pecan crust: In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of the pecans, the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, butter and salt. Set aside.
  • Assemble the casserole: Stir the green beans and the remaining 1/4 cup of pecans into the mushrooms. Simmer on the stove, over low heat, for 8-10 minutes, until the green beans become tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Top with an even layer of the pecan crust. Transfer the skillet to the oven for 10-12 minutes to brown the crust.
  • Note: You can substitute yellow wax beans for green beans or even mix in some string beans.