Fall 2010 067A warm crackling fire, white blankets of sparkle, and crisp swirling air, conjures up a passion to create  comfort.  Imagine yourself enveloped in a warm woolen blanket and a strong cup of hot cocoa.  These are the inviting images of winter’s blessing.

Recently as I prepared a wonderful assortment of Thanksgiving dishes for my family, I decided to add this awesome wintry green bean casserole for tradition sake and because of it’s special hearty, warm and satisfying comfort. With it’s fresh ingredients and gentle mix of crème, mushrooms and white wine it satisfies like a blanket of warmth on a winter’s night.green bean casserole

Ingredients:  1 lb. fresh green beans (ends trimmed), 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/2 quart Mushrooms (diced), 2 thinly shredded Onions , 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs, 1/2 cup Flour, 1/2 cup Chicken Stock, Salt, Pepper and 2 Tablespoons White Wine

Place green beans on medium to high heat until boiling and remove immediately to cool water.

While green beans are cooling, mix together Panko Bread Crumbs, flour, onions in a medium bowl until well blended.  Place on a thin baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes on 325 degrees until onions are slightly crisp.  Set aside.

Gently fold together whipping cream, mushrooms, chicken stock, salt, pepper and wine and add green beans to mixture.  Pour into baking dish, top with onion mixture and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and delicious on 325 degrees.

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Wintry Green Bean Casserole

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