Creamy Green Beans with Crispy Shallots
Hand-crisped shallots are an elegant replacement for the canned French-fried onions so often used to garnish these classic holiday bean dish. When cleaning mushrooms, do so with a brush or damp paper towel -- when washed in water, mushrooms become soggy.
Bake and refrigerate untopped green bean mixture 1 day ahead. Fry shallots up to 2 days ahead; store in airtight container at room temperature. Reheat green beans, covered, at 350°F for 30 minutes, until heated through. Top with crispy shallots the last 5 minutes.