French green beans with mushroom wine sauce and fried leeks: Try the recipe

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Upgrade your green beans dish on Thanksgiving with this satisfying recipe from celebrity chef and certified nutritionist Serena Poon.

“The use of French green beans is such a traditional holiday favorite, but I always love to add a few simple adjustments to add extra layers of texture and nuances to the flavor profile of most traditional dishes,”Poon says. Mushrooms “add grounding, earthly flavors to the vibrancy of the crispness of the green beans,” she adds.

“In my experience, you can almost never go wrong with a wine-based sauce when entertaining a dinner party, so the addition of the Madeira sauce serves as an excellent, decadent complement to any wine pairings a dinner host may include with the menu,” Poon says.

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French green beans with mushroom wine sauce and fried leeks

  • Author: Serena Poon


Makes 6 servings

Prep time: 15  minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


(Use organic ingredients if you can)

  • 3 tbsp. butter (vegan butter is a healthy alternative)
  • 1 lb. fresh wild mushrooms, cleaned, sliced and stemmed (shiitake mushrooms, oysters, criminis, chanterelles, porcinis)
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 tbsp. chopped shallots
  • ½ cup Madeira wine (Marsala, sherry, sweet dry rice wine also okay to use)
  • 1 cup whipping cream (coconut cream or cashew cream as vegan options)
  • 1 lb. fresh French green beans, trimmed
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste,
  • Himalayan or sea salt, to taste
  • Avocado oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 large leeks, thinly sliced crosswise (white parts only)


1. Over medium-high heat, melt 2 tbsp. butter in a large heavy skillet or sauté pan. Add all the mushrooms and thyme sprigs and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp. of shallots and continue to sauté until mushrooms are tender, about another 2-3 minutes.

2. Add Madeira and simmer until almost all the liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Add cream and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Set sauce aside.

3. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add a bit of salt. Par-cook green beans in the large pot of boiling salted water until just tender (al dente), about 3-5 minutes. Drain. Transfer beans to a bowl of ice water; allow them to cool, about 3-4 minutes. Drain.

4. Pour enough avocado oil into a large, deep saucepan to reach a depth of about 1.5″. Heat oil to 350 °F. Place ¼ of sliced leeks in a small metal strainer. Lower strainer into oil; fry until golden, about 20-30 seconds. Lift strainer from oil. Drain leeks on paper towels. Repeat with remaining leeks in 3-4 more batches, or until finished. Season leeks lightly with salt.

5. Melt the remaining tbsp. of butter in a heavy, large skillet over medium heat. Add green beans and remaining tbsp. of shallots. Lightly toss green beans to heat through, but not cook further. Season beans with salt and pepper, to taste. Place beans on platter.

6. Bring sauce to simmer. Spoon sauce over beans. Sprinkle the dish with the fried leeks as garnish



Sauce and beans can be made six hours ahead. Cover separately; chill until use.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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