Recipe: Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms

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Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms, from Cooking Light.
Charles Masters

(CBS News) This recipe comes courtesy of health, nutrition and fitness authority Cooking Light, which offers a lighter approach to some Thanksgiving classics. Cooking Light inspires readers to eat smart and live a healthier lifestyle, by translating cutting-edge nutrition research into recipes and guidance for the home cook.

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Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms

Here's a deliciously updated version of the classic, with fresh green beans and wine-infused mushrooms. We just had to keep the fried onion topping, which is arguably the best part.

Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: 3/4 cup)
Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups chopped sweet onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
1 (8-ounce) package pre-sliced button mushrooms
1/3 cup Madeira wine or dry sherry
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 cup (about 2 ounces) canned fried onions (such as French's)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Place beans into a large saucepan of boiling water; cook 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well. Place beans in a large bowl; set aside.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and thyme to pan; saute 4 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; saute 10 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently. Stir in wine, salt, and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in chicken broth; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Add mushroom mixture to green beans; toss well. Place green bean mixture in a 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Combine fried onions and grated cheese in a small bowl. Top green bean mixture evenly with fried onion mixture. Bake at 425 degrees for 17 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Nutritional Information:

Amount per serving:

Calories: 173
Fat: 8.5g
Saturated fat: 2.3g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
Protein: 6.6g
Carbohydrate: 18.7g
Fiber: 5g
Cholesterol: 4mg
Iron: 1.2mg
Sodium: 249mg
Calcium: 119mg


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