You have to have some green on your Thanksgiving plate, right? I have recently discovered roasted green beans and now I make them as often as I can. They get sweet and crunchy and are incredibly versatile. Sometimes I make a simple vinaigrette to drizzle over and add some toasted almonds for extra crunch. Or balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese.

This is a loose take on green bean casserole. It has all of the same flavors and texture, but it’s a lot lighter.

You can prep the beans and add them to a hot oven when you are ready for dinner. You can even prepare the shallot and mushroom and breadcrumbs ahead of time too. Simply reheat the shallots and mushroom mixture in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter. Heat until hot.

Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms

Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms

Ingredients

    For green beans:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 24 ounces green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • coarse sea salt
  • For the breadcrumbs:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

In medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add shallots and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Spread green beans out in single layer on each pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, turn to coat. Roast 15 minutes, tossing after 10 minutes.

To prepare breadcrumbs, heat small skillet over medium heat. Melt butter in skillet. Add breadcrumbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Toast in pan until golden brown.

Place green beans on a platter and top with shallots and mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and serve.

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