Extra-Crunchy Green Bean Casserole
Our latest take on this holiday stalwart is like an old friend in a new suit.
Why This Recipe Works
We jump-started the cooking of the green beans in the microwave, which allowed for less stovetop cooking. And the microwave took just 8 unsupervised minutes, which is a plus on one of the busiest cooking days of the year. For the sauce, we browned the mushrooms to drive off moisture (to avoid a watery sauce) and develop deep flavor. Adding panko bread crumbs to the traditional fried-onion topping gave it extra crunch and saved us from having to further bake the topped casserole, an especially handy thing when oven space is at a premium.