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.

French Green Beans with Mushroom Wine Sauce & Leeks (Courtesy of the website)

French Green Beans with Mushroom Wine Sauce & Leeks 

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)

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