The Green Bean Casserole Experiment

I love casseroles!  Can’t get enough of them.  But as someone who must avoid milk, I also find them rather challenging to make.  Cream of Mushroom Soup.  Cream of Chicken Soup.  Cream of Celery Soup.  It seems a proper casserole can not survive without them.  I, however, need to.  Thus, my second experiment was born.

The Science

There are many different types of recipes that use “cream of whatever” soups not as a soup but as as both a thickening agent and a flavoring sauce.  Therefore, it is important when cooking these types of dishes that the milk free substitution maintains the flavor of the “cream of whatever” soup without being too diluted.

The Hypothesis

After a little research, I learned that there are multiple ways to approach substituting the cream of mushroom soup needed for my green bean casserole recipe.  On the one hand, if I substituted the “cream” in the soup with a dairy free alternative, the flavor would become significantly altered.  On the other hand, if I substituted only broth, the flavor would remain strong but the consistency would be too runny.  I needed something in between, something that maintained both the flavor and the thickness.

Therefore, I predict that 2 TBSP of milk free margarine, 12 TBSP of flour, salt, pepper, 1 cup of chopped mushrooms, and 5 cups of broth will have the same affect in my green bean casserole recipe as 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup.

The Experiment

Green Bean Casserole Recipe
As prepared by Paula Dean from the Food Network Website

Ingredients

  1.  1/3 Stick of Butter
  2. 1/2 Cup of Diced Onions
  3. 1/2 Cup of sliced Fresh Mushrooms
  4. 2 Cups of Sliced Green Beans
  5. 3 Cups of Chicken Broth
  6. 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  7. 1 (2.8 ounce) Can French Fried Onion Rings
  8. Pinch of House Seasoning Recipe (salt, black pepper, and garlic powder)
  9. 1 Cup of Grated Cheese

-Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
-Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Saute the onions and the mushrooms in the butter.
-Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain
-Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings, and Pinch of House Seasoning Recipe to taste to the onion mixture.  Stir well.
-Pour into a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Top the casserole with Cheddar Cheese.  Bake 10 minutes longer or until casserole is hot and cheese is melted.

 

Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Altered by the Science of Cooking Blog

Ingredients

  1.  1/3 Stick of Milk Free Margarine
  2. 1/2 Cup of Diced Onions
  3. 1/2 Cup of sliced Fresh Mushrooms
  4. 2 Cups of Sliced Green Beans
  5. 3 Cups of Chicken Broth
  6. 2 TBSP Milk Free Margarine, 12 TBSP Flour, Salt and Pepper to taste, 1 Cup of Chopped Mushrooms and 5 Cups of Chicken Broth (Cream of Mushroom Soup Substitute)
  7. 1 (2.8 ounce) Can French Fried Onion Rings
  8. Pinch of House Seasoning Recipe (salt, black pepper, and garlic powder)
  9. 1 Cup of Grated Milk Free Cheddar Cheese (Optional)

-Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
-Melt the milk free margarine in a large skillet.  Saute the onions and the mushrooms in the margarine.
-Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain
-Melt 2 TBSP of milk free margarine in a saucepan.  Saute Mushrooms.  Add 12 TBSP of flour, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until bubbly then add 5 cups of chicken broth slowly, stirring with a whisk to prevent lumps.  Cook until thick.
-Add the green beans, Cream of mushroom soup substitute, onion rings, and Pinch of House Seasoning Recipe to taste to the onion mixture.  Stir well.
-Pour into a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Top the casserole with Milk Free Cheddar Cheese (optional).  Bake 10 minutes longer or until casserole is hot and cheese is melted.

The Results

The change in ingredients seemed to work great!  I will be interested to see if this substitute for “cream of whatever” soup works only on this recipe or a variety of other recipes as well.

*Know a good recipe The Science of Cooking Blog should try?  Don’t hesitate to comment below.

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