Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole excerpted from The Friendly Vegan Cookbook by Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto

From Michelle: I know, green beans aren’t for everyone. Toni is in that camp, but I personally love them—especially in green bean casseroles at Thanksgiving. But in my eyes, the ultimate green bean casserole strikes a balance between too-soft and too-crisp green beans, creating a nice amount of creamy filling.

Yield: 8 servings
Prep time: 25 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes
You’ll need: a high-powered blender

2 pounds fresh green beans
3 cups vegetable broth (or equivalent amount of vegetable bouillon and water), divided
½ cup raw cashews
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup vegan butter
1 small onion, diced
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced or diced
4 medium cloves garlic, roughly chopped
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups crispy fried onions (we use store-bought)

  1. To prepare the green beans, wash them, trim the stem ends, cut them in half, place them in a steamer basket, and steam for 7 minutes. Remove the green beans from the steamer, rinse them with ice-cold water to preserve the green color, and set aside.
  2. In a high-powered blender, combine 1 cup of the vegetable broth and the cashews and blend on high until smooth. Blend in the remaining 2 cups of vegetable broth, salt, and pepper and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt the vegan butter. Add the onion, mushrooms, and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the flour and whisk to create a roux. Continue to whisk the thickened roux constantly for 3 minutes. Add the broth and cashew mixture and whisk continuously for 2 to 3 minutes, until thickened (thickening will happen fast and suddenly, so be sure to turn off the heat just as the mixture gets thick enough).
  5. Spoon the green beans and the creamy mixture into a 9 × 13-inch baking dish and mix until well combined. Top with an even layer of fried onions and bake for 20 minutes.

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