Miso Gravy-Smothered Green Beans

Miso Gravy-Smothered Green Beans

In this modern take on green bean casserole, beans simmer in creamy gravy until completely tender and supple. Inspired by classic Southern gravy, this one gets unexpected savory depth from earthy miso. A final swirl of tangy sour cream and acidic lemon juice lightens the rich sauce. For some crunch, try topping the beans with fried shallots or onions, or chopped nuts, like roasted pecans or almonds. The dish makes a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving table — or alongside a simple weeknight roasted chicken.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a deep, medium skillet with a lid, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is well blended, about 1 minute. Add shallot and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until softened and roux is lightly golden, 3 minutes. Add broth and miso, and mash the miso until well incorporated.
  2. Step 2

    Add green beans, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until beans are very tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Uncover, increase heat to medium and cook green beans, stirring occasionally, until gravy is thickened and coats the beans, 8 to 10 minutes longer.
  4. Step 4

    Turn off heat, stir in sour cream and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Step 5

    Transfer beans to a large serving platter. Spoon the miso gravy on top and sprinkle with fried shallots or onions, or chopped nuts, if desired. Serve warm.