Green Bean Casserole is a Holiday favorite in the USA, especially at Thanksgiving. There’s something super comforting about the piping hot combo of green beans, mushroom gravy, and crunchy fried onions. So, I did some experimenting to find alternatives to the dairy used in the classic recipe. Also, I wanted to swap the canned mushroom soup for something fresher. Read on to find out how to make Green Bean Casserole from scratch with all-vegan ingredients!
How to make Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
Don’t let the words “from scratch” intimidate you – this recipe is quick and easy! Yes, you spend a little more time making gravy instead of dumping in a can of soup. However, one bite and we’re sure you’ll agree those extra few minutes are worth it!
Making the Gravy
The first step in making green bean casserole it to saute the mushrooms, garlic, and onion in a little vegan butter (or oil). Continue cooking until these veggies are soft. Next, add the flour and mix until everything is well coated. Then continue cooking this mix for about two minutes (this step removes the “raw” taste of the flour).
Now you’re ready to turn this mix into gravy. Start slowly pouring the plant milk into the pot. At the same time, stir the mixture continuously. When done carefully, this will make sure your gravy is smooth, not lumpy. As a result, you’ll have fresh mushroom gravy to replace the canned soup!
Fresh Green Beans
We also like to use fresh green beans rather than frozen ones. Again, this adds a little extra time – but the flavor is so much better. Just steam the beans until they’re tender. You don’t want them too crunchy, but be careful not to make them mushy, either. Mix the cooked beans into the gravy, and then transfer everything into a casserole dish.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE: at this point, you can store the casserole in the fridge for 3-4 days. When you’re ready to serve the casserole, warm it in the microwave (around 5 minutes on high, or until heated through), or the oven (cover in foil and heat at 350F for 10 mins). Then continue with the remaining steps.
Top it Off
Once the green beans and gravy are in the casserole dish, sprinkle the top with vegan cheese. Now comes the big finish! Bake the casserole in the oven until the vegan cheese melts, then sprinkle with crispy fried onions and then serve immediately.
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