Creamy Green Beans and Mushrooms

I used a combination of 3/4 lb of cremini and 1/4 pound of shiitake mushrooms for this recipe. The ratio of mushrooms to beans is 1:1. If you wanted, you could use all shiitake mushrooms, but use half as much, because they pack so much more flavor.

Prep mushrooms while salted water is coming to a boil in step 1.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen, cut into 1-inch pieces (if fresh, remove ends, if frozen get pre-cut)
  • 1 pound mushrooms (cremini, button, shiitake), thickly sliced
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Method

1 Boil salted water: Put 2 quarts of water, salted with 1 tablespoon of salt, in a pot to boil while you cut the mushrooms and onions.

2 Dry sauté the mushrooms: Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the mushrooms to the pan and dry sauté them until they begin to release their water. Sprinkle them with a little salt. Once they have released most of their water, remove them to a bowl and set aside.

put raw sliced mushrooms in a hot pan cook mushrooms until they start to release water

3 Boil green beans in salted water: Add the green beans to the boiling water, and time them for 5 minutes, or until just tender. (No need to defrost frozen beans.)

4 Cook onions: Add butter to the hot sauté pan. Once the butter has melted, add the onions. Cook until the onions are beginning to brown.

5 Add green beans and mushrooms to pan with onions: As soon as the green beans are cooked just tender, strain them. Add the mushrooms to the pan with the onions, then add the green beans.

add green beans to mushrooms in pan

6 Add sour cream, salt, pepper: Remove from heat. Stir in the sour cream. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste and add more salt if needed.

add sour cream to green beans and mushrooms

Sprinkle with parsley and serve.