Hal asks: Hey, got any Thanksgiving recipes for our readers? At the end ofthe recipe we should say, want someone to make it for you and deliver it to you, providing you live in the Philadelphia area!
Rachel replies: Hi Hal! I sure can! Let me share my string bean casserole recipe.
1/4 cup canola, safflower or walnut oil
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup water
1lb of fresh string beans (I like the haricot verts – the French green beans)
2 cups of fried onions
What to do:
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the mushrooms and onion. Cook one minute, then add the onion powder and soy sauce. Mix everything together well, and then slowly shake in the flour. The flour will thicken the mixture into a gravy, but it needs to be whisked in a little bit at a time to avoid any lumps. Immediately after adding the flour, add the water. Continuously whisk until you have a smooth mixture. The flour will continue to thicken, so you may add more water (beyond the single cup) as needed. After 5 minutes of letting the mixture cook, add the string beans. Mix to coat, and let cook for 10-15 minutes in the pot, until tender but not mushy.
Top with fried onions (store bought, or do it yourself! Mix together flour and water in equal parts until you get a smooth, thick consistency. Cut a white onion into rings and dip in the mixture. Heat a pot that’s 1/4 filled with canola oil until it’s hot enough that it will sizzle if you drop a small piece of onion into it (at least 300 degrees). Slowly slide the coated onions into the oil, and fry ’til crisp (1 minute on each side, then flip). Remove, drain excess oil.)
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