Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms

I made the World's Best Thanksgiving appetizer last night. There are always a bunch of things on your plate at a Thanksgiving dinner that the famous American traditional Green Bean Casserole (one of my favorites) gets lost in the mix. This portion controlled (and healthier) appetizer version makes the famous dish the star of the show...

Shelly's Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Mushrooms (aka World's Best Thanksgiving Appetizer)

10 Large Stuffing Mushrooms, divided use
1 (14.5 oz.) can Cut Green Beans, drained
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Tablespoons Real Bacon Bits, not imitation
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Spelt Flour
1/4 cup Milk
Optional: 2 Tablespoons Durkee Onions, crushed

Dust mushrooms, remove stems and gills, set aside 8 and dice up 2. Drain beans and chop (I use kitchen shears) into smaller pieces. Make each bean about 3 pieces. Saute onion and the diced mushroom till golden. Add bacon bits (you can use a couple of slices of extra crispy bacon crumbled), butter and flour. Cook for a minute. Add milk. When mixture thickens and bubbles add drained chopped beans and stir to coat. Fill 8 mushrooms, pile it nice and high and place them on a Pyrex baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top with a sprinkle of Durkee Onions. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

These were so good and will be making another appearance in a few weeks on Thanksgiving. Last night I served them as a side dish to a rotisserie chicken from the market.

I had a crappy week last week. Really crappy. I had to say goodbye to the sweetest kitty ever Charlie RIP. She showed up on our doorstep 2 years ago starving and weak, a result of foreclosures in the area I believe. A bunch of vet visits, special food and lots of love helped but she had lots of issues. I was lucky to have her as long as I did. She truly was the sweetest kitty ever.

When I get upset I don't want to eat and I didn't really feel like cooking. I basically had protein shakes and soup for a couple of days. Yesterday was the first day I got back into the kitchen. Pretty yummy result and getting back to the routine of cooking was good for me I think. This not eating when I'm upset is a post-op thing for me, pre-op I would have eaten a pile of pasta and bag of Sausalito cookies.

How do you give yourself a boost when you’re feeling sad or upset?