This Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole was loved by everyone at my Thanksgiving table. So easy and yet oh, so delicious! What’s funny is that a few days later, my daughter asked me to make another dish of this Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole for her to pack up and take back to college.
So, being the sweet mom I am (and um, yes, because this recipe is so fast and easy), I made an encore dish, setting aside Tupperware containers to allow it to travel easier. But before my daughter had driven back to school, that second dish of Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole was somehow eaten up by her and me! Yes, this really is addictive stuff…I already am planning to make this dish once again over the Christmas holidays.
Incredibly, you only need five ingredients on hand to make this rockin’ gluten free casserole: fresh green beans, gluten free cream of mushroom soup, bacon, gluten free french fried onions, and liquid smoke (or you can substitute gluten free soy sauce).
First thing to do is start frying up 1/2 pound of bacon. Please don’t cook the bacon in the microwave or the oven, because you’ll want to use some of those pan drippings in this recipe. I especially like how bacon browns and crisps up in an iron skillet.
While the bacon is cooking, prepare your fresh green beans. Here, I used long french beans and then cut them into thirds for easier eating, then washed and drained them well. If you don’t have fresh green beans available, you certainly can use frozen green beans, or even canned.
Drain your crispy cooked bacon on paper towels and set aside.
Then remove from the skillet all but about three tablespoons of the bacon drippings and add the green beans, coating them well with the bacon grease. Then add water to barely cover, and cook the green beans until tender. It took about 12 minutes for these green beans to get done. Then drain the cooked beans in a colander.
While the beans are cooking, open up your can of gluten free cream of soup so that it’s ready to pour–my favorite brand is Progresso. Also open up your can of gluten free fried onions. I found the ones pictured here at Aldi grocery. LiveGFree is Aldi’s house brand of gluten free products.
I was quite impressed with the fresh flavor and crunchy texture of these canned gluten free fried onion. Sure, you could make your own gluten free breaded and deep fried onions, but that would sort of take the “easy” out of this recipe. Make your life simpler, and just run over to Aldie and get a can (or two) of these ready-to-eat fried onions instead! If you don’t have an Aldi store nearby, you can buy them online here.
Also, be sure to also have your liquid smoke at the ready. If you don’t have liquid smoke, then a gluten free soy sauce is a fine substitute. Either will add a nice umami and depth to this Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole. The brand shown, Colgin, was the only one available at my grocery. After researching various liquid smoke brands on the internet, I would probably order and buy the Wright’s brand next time, which seemed to score consistently highest in various taste tests of liquid smoke. Nevertheless, I liked the smoky umami that even the Colgin brand added to this dish.
After you’ve cooked and drained your green beans, then you’re ready to throw all five ingredients together! Save cleaning a mixing bowl, and just mix everything in the oven-proof dish in which you will bake this Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole. Dump the cooked green beans, the can of cream of mushroom soup, two tablespoons of the liquid smoke, all but 2/3 cup of the fried onions, and the cooked and crumbled bacon together in the baking dish….
….and mix until everything is well combined. Then bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Then sprinkle that remaining 2/3 cup of fried onions over the top and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the onions start to just brown on top.
And here’s a handy little kitchen tip: while the Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole is baking, I always take that time to wash and season my iron skillet. Into the clean skillet, I pour a generous tablespoon of canola oil or another vegetable oil that has a high smoke point (not extra virgin olive oil, for instance)…
…and then rub the oil all over the skillet with a small piece of paper towel…
…so that the skillet is well seasoned. Consistent seasoning prevents an iron skillet from rusting, and provides a slicker cook surface for the next time that I use that skillet.
This recipe is such a winner, and I hope you’ll try it. Here’s the printable recipe for Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole:
- 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces if using long french beans. Can also use frozen green beans or canned.
- ½ pound bacon
- 1 18-oz can of gluten free cream of mushroom soup (not condensed). I prefer the Progresso brand.
- 1 6-oz can of gluten free french fried onions (I like Aldi's LiveGFree brand), reserving ⅔ cup.
- 2 tablespoons liquid smoke. Can substitute with 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce.
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Fry bacon in skillet until crispy and drain bacon on paper towels. Reserve 3 tablespoons of bacon drippings in skillet.
- Add washed and drained green beans to hot skillet and toss well with bacon drippings. Then add enough water just to cover, and cook beans on medium high until tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Drain cooked beans in colander.
- Set aside ⅔ cup of canned fried onions.
- In a 9 X 13 or 9 X 9 glass baking dish, dump in cooked beans, can of soup, can of fried onions (except that ⅔ cup reserved), liquid smoke, and crumbled bacon. Mix all ingredients in baking dish until well combined.
- Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Then evenly sprinkle remaining ⅔ cup fried onions on top and bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until onions on top start to just brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes before serving.
Oh yes, and here’s a leftovers idea: for breakfast, reheat a serving of this Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole in the microwave and serve topped with two fried eggs. It might sound odd, but it is sooo dang good!
*All opinions are my own, and I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Progresso, Aldi, Amazon, Colgin Liquid Smoke, or Wright’s Liquid Smoke for comments or links in this article.
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