Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Yepper, you asked for it, and here it is. This recipe comes from my dear friend Liz Cherry, a killer vegan cook and all around fantastic lady. I had her green bean casserole for the first time last year at Thanksgiving, and I've taken a solemn vow to never go another year without it. (Incidentally, it is also omni tested, omni approved!) This is an amazingly good dish that'll bring you right back to your mama's table - just sans animal. Let's dive in, shall we?

  • 1-1/2 cups UNSWEETENED nondairy milk (unflavored soy milk works well; I also find original unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk to be good for cooking)
  • 1 cube veggie bouillon (if you don't have one you like, try Rapunzel)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup chopped mushrooms (button or baby bella work best)
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can French cut green beans
  • 1-1/2 (24-ounce) canisters vegan French fried onions (French's is the classic - it's got a surprisingly minimal ingredient list!)

**Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350* Fahrenheit, chop all of your vegetables, and have your spices and other ingredients at the ready.

1. In a saucepan, heat the nondairy milk and veggie bouillon; stir until the bouillon cube disintegrates. Just heat the milk; do not allow to come to a boil.

2. In a skillet, heat the oil. Add the onions, mushrooms, and carrots; saute until the onions are translucent. Add the herbs and spices (basil, garlic, marjoram, oregano, pepper, sage, salt, and thyme - and whatever other hearty herbs make you happy).

3. Make a thickener by combining cornstarch and cold water; mix well. Pour into the nondairy milk-bouillon mixture. Stir well, because this will coagulate pretty quickly.

4. Quickly add the can of green beans, the sautéed veggies, and about half of the French fried onions; stir well. Pour that mixture into a casserole dish or pan and top with remaining French fried onions.

5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the French fried onions begin to brown. Remove. Eat. Enjoy.

Makes: 4 to 6 servings, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes. Feel free to double, but you may need to add a little baking time.

If the recipe looks familiar, it may be because Liz actually posted it on VegWeb a few years back. It has garnered a four star rating there, along with a ton of appreciative comments!

Happy Vegan Thanksgiving Baking, and Happy VeganMoFo Day 17!! :D

This is *not* Liz's green bean casserole. But it could be YOURS!!


JL goes Vegan said...

Love, love, love!!! And love the turkey dish...happy turkey, not being eaten! :)

veronica said...

oh my gosh, YUM! I am totally going to make this for Thanksgiving. YAY! <3

Anonymous said...

You might be interested to know that French's is infact certainly NOT dairy. The only reason I know this is that my boyfriend who is unfortunately -deathly- allergic to dairy (not to be confused with intolerance) cannot eat them, lest he breaks into hives etc.

Trader Joe's however, has a vegan and dairy allergy friendly version! Wohoo!

melissa bastian. said...

To our anonymous poster (I assume you mean dairy *free*) - that's so odd. The only ingredients listed on the French's onions are "palm oil, wheat flour, onions, soy flour, salt and dextrose." It has the standard "made on the same equipment" disclaimer that nearly all factory-made processed foods have, including the Trader Joe's onions that you mention. But that's more of a cya than anything... So if there's any dairy in them it would be an extremely small amount. I wonder what it is that makes your bf react so strongly?

Fran said...

I discovered this recipe last year and have made it for holidays and potlucks ever since. It gets rave reviews from vegans and non-vegans alike. When I make it for myself, I omit the french fried onions and add more salt and pepper to taste. It's delicious either way.