Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

Green bean casserole was never a dish that was at my holiday dinners, but something that I remember tasting as a child and thinking that it was heavy, decadent, and delicious!

When I found out that it was traditionally made with Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, I understood why it was never at our holiday dinners.  I love a good casserole, I love when my family gets together, and I love being able to successfully recreate a dish that always felt off limits. BAM! JACKPOT!

This Thanksgiving I am making green bean casserole with a bit of a twist.  The creamy insides will be made with a homemade tahini sauce.

Instead of fried onions, I will caramelize leaks and fennel.  Throw on some chopped pecans and you are all set!

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The finished product

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 full bag of Trader Joe’s french green beans
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 1 cup of chopped leeks
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp of coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp of almond meal
  • handful of chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 squeezed lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Directions:

  • In a saute pan, olive or avo oil, garlic, leak and fennel until everything is nice and caramelized.
  • in a separate bowl, make the tahini sauce (lemon, garlic powder, smoked paprika, tahini, water, cumin) and mix until everything is perfectly mixed.
  • in a pyrex baking dish or casserole dish, put frozen green beans with a little olive oil or avo oil at the bottom of pan.
  • pour tahini sauce evenly over the beans.
  • in the saute pan, put coconut oil, coconut aminos, almond meal and the vegetable stock in and make a little bit of a roux. (keep the heat on low).
  • turn stove off and pour over the beans.
  • sprinkle a handful of the pecans over on top and bake on 350 covered in foil for 30 mins.
  • uncover and bake for another 20 mins.

 

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tahini sauce

 

Leaks, fennel and garlic in the pan.   Tahini over the Green beans and everything about to go into the oven!

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