Well guys I am so excited to share this recipe with you..this is something that we have been enjoying for a few years, and feel very good about eating it. Of course we LOVE green beans steamed, and sauteed too..but sometimes you want something special, and for a holiday gathering this is it!
Now I confess, I used to purchase the canned soup and make the standard green bean casserole dish...many more times than I can count. I was an avid coupon-er so I had a bulk of it in my pantry. That is until I started reading lables more closely, and just refusing to feed my family foods that I could not pronounce.
Before you think this is too fancy and going to be more expensive, I can assure you that this will cost you less than the average canned, processed recipe. First of all you are not purchasing the canned french fried onions, or the canned soup..and the real mushrooms in this dish and onions cost me 1.39! So....when you purchase frozen green beans, and not the french cut kind..I like the green beans in the huge bag at Costcos, or Aldi has a great frozen green bean too. This is what you need~
eight cups of greenbeans..they can be frozen-1 cup chicken broth- -3/4 cup of coconut milk-1/4 cup broth on the side- 2 tablespoons of tapioca flour or arrowroot-teaspoon of sea salt-teaspoon of black pepper-1 teaspoon of onion powder-1 teaspoon of thyme-Two medium onions-sliced- One 8 ounce package of Bella or snowcap mushrooms-1/2 stick of grass fed butter-And last but not least..bacon..a good kind.. and you will need about a half of a pound... ~ method~ First of allSlice your onions and your mushrooms..you can start to sauté your onions in the butter and reserve 1/4 of one for later. Now after they are almost translucent add your mushrooms.
Sauté them together until mushrooms are tender. I then like to add my broth in and let it simmer for a little while, about 10 minutes as I am taking the bacon out of the skillet and draining it. I also then take that time to add the leftover onions to sizzle in the bacon grease on low. I let then get a little crunchy and pretty for a nice topping later;) set them aside on a paper towel to drain as well! Now pay attention to your broth and mushroom-onion mix again..you want to slowly add your coconut milk in and all of your spices and stir..let the flavors all merry together a few minutes...now take that other amount of broth and whisk your arrow root or tapioca in. This can be tricky. The next step. These thickeners are not flour and don't act like flour when added to hot liquids. Sometimes that can mean they get goopy looking and elasticy! Just slowly whisk into the cold broth- and remove the skillet from the heat. Yes. Now add the liquid into the mixture. Stir it and it will automatically thicken.