This crunchy mash-up exists thanks to the Friendsgiving with French’s® program. #RealFlavorsHaveCrunch
I know that there are people out there who love traditional green bean casserole. I’ve even managed to meet a few in the wild over the years. They’re fascinating creatures who’ll shove aside the stuffing and turn away from turkey in favor of a baking dish full of creamy mushroom-laden green beans, and the rest of the dinner party will just be like, “Whatever, go to town,” because, you know, mashed potatoes exist.
But now green bean casserole has evolved into this Friendsgiving-worthy masterpiece… a hybrid of crunchy green bean fries, savory cheddar cheese sauce, and ultra-crisp onion rings… and things will never be the same.
This is not your grandma’s green bean casserole, my friends. This is your new favorite side dish / appetizer hybrid– and it’ll top every late-night indulgence you’ve ever eaten. Take it one step further and dunk the Cheddar Green Bean Casserole Onion Rings in some creamy, spicy horseradish sauce and envelop yourself in true happiness. Experience pure bliss. Discover beauty in the world that you never imagined was possible. Eat several more onion rings. Etcetera.
Then share them with your friends and family or fight to the death for the last of them at your Friendsgiving. Either way, I can guarantee you that no one is “whatever, go to town”-ing these bad boys.
Here’s the code I cracked as to why green bean casserole has been around for, like, millennia: It’s the crispy onion topping, 100%. Green beans are good. Mushroom soup is, too. But nobody, NOBODY, is eating that stuff without those French’s Crispy Fried Onions.
So I decided, why not onion-ception it this Friendsgiving and put the traditional crispy onion-topped casserole INSIDE of some crispy onion rings? And of course throw in some cheese for good measure.
Legend has it that Cheddar Green Bean Casserole graced her Friendsgiving table forevermore.
Were you one of the original (and ever-elusive) green bean casserole lovers? I challenge you to up your green bean game with these this year. Or were you a green bean casserole naysayer like myself? If so, I still challenge you to try these. I thiiiink you’ll wind up rethinking your stance.
- 1 (12 ounce) bag trimmed fresh green beans, cut into thirds
- 1 (10 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup French’s Fried Onions
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced and separated into rings
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- Oil, for frying
- Chives, chopped, to top
For the Dipping Sauce:
- 1/4 cup sriracha
- 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- In a large bowl, stir together the green beans, cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese, and fried onions. Set aside.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the onion slices in a single layer on top. Spoon the green bean mixture in the center of each onion ring, making sure to fill each ring fully. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until the filing is solid.
- Pour the flour, eggs, and panko breadcrumbs into three separate shallow bowls. Beat the eggs. One onion ring at a time, coat in flour, egg, and then panko to fully cover. Set aside and repeat until all of the onion rings are breaded.
- Heat two inches of oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot to to 375°F. Deep fry the rings, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides, flipping once half-way through. Remove to paper towels to drain.
- Top with chives and serve with dipping sauce.