Green Bean Casserole – Gluten Free Style!

green bean casserole gluten free

Thanksgiving is one day away!  What I’ve noticed is that a lot of the turkey-related foods are gluten-free, which I am thankful for!  Sides that are not include stuffing and my fave – green bean casserole.  I really need to try out (for the very first time) the Trader Joe’s gluten free stuffing before tomorrow – kind of like a dry run, just to make sure.  Here is my recipe for homemade green bean casserole – gluten-free style!green bean casserole gluten free

gluten free green bean casserole

Ingredients:

1 large onion, sliced super thin
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
12 oz mushrooms, take the stems off and cut in 1.2 inch pieces
1 cup gluten free flour (for the onions)
1 cup gluten free flour (for the sauce)
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup half and half
2 cloves garlic, minced
2.5 lb green beans, steamed with ends cut off and halved
1 cup chicken broth
Directions:

Combine the panko breadcrumbs with flour in a shallow dish/bowl. Mush the thinly sliced onions in the mixture and then place them on a baking sheet. Bake on 425 degrees for 30 minutes, turning frequently.

While the onions are “frying”, melt the butter in a cast iron skillet. Once melted, add the mushrooms until they start to “extract” water. Add the minced garlic and let cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the rest of the flour and mix, allowing to cook for another minute or so. Add the chicken stock (organic preferably), then half and half. Let simmer for 6 – 8 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Add 1/4 of the newly fried onion to the top, mix, then add the green beans, remainder of the onions and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve immediately. You may need salt and pepper…I don’t cook with it but it definitely need it – to taste.

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White Elephant Gift Ideas

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I participated in a few of these and I think they are a lot of fun!  Grab bags are part of almost every holiday celebration. Here are some great options for fun gifts that are affordable and universally loved.

Mini Cocktail Shakers

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Great for any special occasion, these mini cocktail shakers are perfect for a single cocktail. Its simple, elegant design will appeal to the gentlemen as well as the ladies, and its practical and fun size will ensure that it is a gift to keep.

Candy Cane Shaped Spreader

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Spread holiday joy. Spreader features a hand-painted earthenware handle in the sculptural shape of a fun candy cane. Embossed and debossed features add realistic detail. Stainless steel blade is durable and rust-resistant. An adorable way to bring Christmas whimsy to the table.

Egg Nog Gift Set

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Add pizzazz to plain mason jars with help from these egg nog gift sets.

Hot Chocolate Gift Tins

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Cookie Gift Jars

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Personalized and perfect for companies and parties!

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Christmas Party Favor Ideas!

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Nothing says “Christmas party” more than the fun favors your guests get when they leave.

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Chocolate Covered Holiday Oreo Cookie Pops

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Holiday Cookie Favor Bags

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Personalized Vintage Holiday Milk Jars

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Personalized Holiday Vintage Milk Jars – Add a vintage feel to your holiday party this year with help from these personalized vintage milk jars.

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5 Great Christmas Ornaments From Beau Coup!

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Hand Painted Angel

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New Baby Ornament

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Santa Claus in the Chimney Glass Ornament

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Friend Ornament

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Santa with Dangling Legs

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Five Great Gift Ideas for the Foodie!

I live with one.   You know what type of person I’m talking about – they love food – good food, different styles of food.  They love to find cool new restaurants discover a new “favorite dish” and then “knock it off” at home.  That is my definition of a foodie.   Below are some gift ideas for the foodie on your list!

I like how this three piece trivet set from CB2 nests for easy storage!  They are really cool and modern looking too.

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Is the foodie on your list also a sushi lover?  I saw these Star Wars: Darth Vader Lightsaber Chopstickand racked my brain to find someone I could buy them for – they are great!

 This next one not only looks cool, but serves a great purpose as well!  A perfect gift for the person that likes to grow their own food!  Choice of phoenix oyster or shiitake mushroom log.

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Perfect for the sports fanatic/foodie!  Choose from the hot dog or hamburger version (or both!)

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What other gift ideas have you come across for the foodie in your life?  I’d love to know!

 

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