I never knew how much I would come to love a my Crock pot. I never realized I would be able to make my favorite Green Bean Casserole in a Crock pot and have it turn out so delicious.
In this recipe from Rachel Ray, you make your own cream of mushrooms. It is so easy and does it ever kick up the flavor of this casserole. First, about 1 1/2 pounds of mushrooms are sauteed in butter. Sprinkle the mushrooms with some freshly ground pepper and add some salt and onions. Cook until the onions are translucent. To the mushroom onion mixture add some cream cheese and chicken stock. Cook until the cheese has melted. Believe me, this is one great tasting sauce. Next, you add the fresh green beans to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the beans. Mix well and cook on low for 5 hours.
When the beans are cooked, stir and top with some fried onions. MMM a delicious side dish is ready to serve.
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
From Rachel Ray
3 tablespoons salted butter
1 1/2 pounds sliced white button mushrooms
1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup chicken stock
2 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup fried onion topping, such as French's (optional – to add before serving)
Heat the butter in a large skillet until it has just begun to brown. Add the mushrooms and stir. Cover and cook on medium heat for a good 10 minutes, stirring every so often, until mushrooms have shrunk in size and have wilted. Add two turns of the pepper grinder to the pan. This will take longer than you think it should – but don’t rush the mushrooms!
Add the onion to the mushrooms, along with a few more turns of the pepper grinder and a light sprinkling of kosher salt. Stir. Cook on medium-high heat until the onions are translucent. Drop in the cream cheese and chicken stock. Cover the skillet again and cook on medium heat until the cheese has melted fully. Turn off the stove.
Put the trimmed and rinsed green beans into an empty 6-quart slow cooker insert and pour the mushroom mixture evenly over the top. Stir to disperse the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for about 2 hours. Stir again, and serve as-is, or top with a cup of fried onions.