Finally! The 11 year battle of the “green glop” casserole has ended! And I finally won – – sort of! You see, I love the stuff, but the hubs hates it. To me, it’s one of those holiday comfort dishes that just wouldn’t be quite the same without it, but I got tired of having to eat the whole entire casserole all by myself.
There had to be a solution…the madness had to stop!!
So, this year I decided to try my hand at making a homemade from scratch version and see how that would go over with “Mr. Picky Pants”. He actually really liked it!! YAY!!
So it’s a win-win situation. I get my “green glop” and not end up with a severe case of the guilts when the last of it ends up getting pitched. Because this year, I’ll have help eating it!!
And I’m just glad he likes it, too, now! It’s so hard getting him to eat his vegetables, so this is a major victory for me! (Bright lights and angels singing!!)
So firstly, I had to make my own onions. I didn’t want them overly coated and fried like the canned stuff, so I just lightly coated them, adding extra flavors of garlic and onion powder, and baked them in the oven until lightly crispy-crunchy.
I could’ve snacked on these all by themselves!
They turned out delicious and very flavorful! So much better than the store-bought! And I really enjoy those canned ones, so that’s saying something! 😉 Fresh and homemade is always better!
Next was to make a nice thick, rich sauce for everything to bathe in. We like our casseroles, of any kind, extra-creamy, and not runny. So I decided to go with my standby béchamel recipe, and simply adjusted the seasonings to mimic the original green bean casserole flavor that won so many hearts and continues to be a favorite to this day.
It worked beautifully, and without all of the unwanted chemicals and preservatives!
Rich, creamy béchamel all loaded with holiday goodness!! I snuck a few small “tastes” before it went into the oven…I couldn’t help it! It was soooo good!!!!
What it looked like fresh out of the oven after being topped and baked! I so wish you could have a taste, too!!
So, if you, too, have a “Mr. Picky Pants” in your family that gives this traditional casserole the cold shoulder every year, maybe give my homemade version a try! If my hubs gave it a thumbs up, trust me, there’s hope for all “green glop” snubbers!! Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!! 🙂