1 package Frozen Small Phyllo Cups (about 15 fully baked shells)
2 cups green beans (thin)
3 cups Crimini Mushrooms (Brown Baby Bella)
2 shallots (large)
1 cupl light cream
1 cup 1% milk (2% works well too)
1 tablespoon sea salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon soy sauce (optional)
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper (or to taste)
1-2 cloves crushed garlic (optional)
1-1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
3 cups vegetable oil (for frying onions)


  1. Prepare the shallot onion topping beforehand.  Remove the skin of the shallots and halve. Cut into thin slices. Pour the vegetable oil into a small deep pot and heat. After the oil starts to shimmer place in one slice of onion, as a test. If the onion bubbles and floats to the top, put in a 1/3 of the rest, so that it only covers one layer. If not wait and retest. Fry until light brown to brown, then remove with a draining or slotted spoon.  Place the done onions directly into a bowl of panko and toss. Repeat the process until all onions are fried and coated. Set aside.
  2. Quarter the mushrooms, and then slice very thinly and evenly, discarding the stems.
  3. Combine the mushrooms, cream, salt and pepper in a pan.  If adding soy sauce, add only ½ teaspoon of sea salt, or to taste. Add in garlic, if desired. Make sure that the mushrooms to not take up more than two rows in height, or they will not cook properly. Choose a bigger pan or make more than one batch. Bring to a boil and then lower heat. Stir occasionally so that the cream does not burn. The mushrooms will begin to extract a thickening substance, so that you don’t need to use flour to thicken the sauce.
  4. Cut the green beans into ½ inch strips (or smaller), discarding the ends.
  5. When the mushroom sauce has reduced in size by about 50%, add in the green beans and milk, and continue to stir. The mushrooms should be very soft tender and about 30% of their original size when done. Taste and add more pepper and/or salt if desired.
  6. Take the Phyllo cups and place on your serving dish. If frozen, unfreeze as instructed on the package before starting to cook this recipe.
  7. Fill the cups with the green bean and mushroom sauce mixture, top with panko-covered fried onions. Enjoy this mini-gourmet version of the classic green bean casserole.

The holidays conjure up visions of family, fun, and food….and green bean casseroles, of course.  The holidays also mean there are a lot of people on the go, dropping in for a quick bite.  Why not treat your family and guests to a mini gourmet green bean casserole appetizer?  Our Mystery Chef has created a recipe that’s a fresh twist on a holiday favorite….simple, elegant and tasty. Nothing could be easier than chopping your favorite mushrooms, adding them to a cream sauce with green beans and serving them in Phyllo cups garnished with a shallot and panko topping. A new holiday tradition could be in the making!

Gourmet Green Bean Casserole Appetizers
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