Green Bean Casserole

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 45 min
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Ingredients

2 pounds fresh green beans, ends cut off

Salt

4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1/2 whole large onion, chopped

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups whole milk, plus extra for thinning if needed

1/2 cup half-and-half

Freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the green beans in half if you like the pieces to be a little smaller. Blanch the green beans: drop them into lightly salted boiling water and allow the green beans to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove them from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain the beans once they're cool and set aside.
  3. Add the bacon pieces to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes, and then add the peppers, garlic and onions, and continue cooking until the bacon is done (but not crisp) and the onions are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour into the pan and whisk immediately to evenly mix it into the butter. Cook for a minute or 2, and then pour in the milk and half-and-half. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, while the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, some black pepper and the cayenne, and then add the grated cheese. Stir while the cheese melts. Turn off the heat.
  5. Add the bacon/onion mixture and stir to combine. Add the green beans and stir gently to combine. Pour into a baking dish and top with the panko. Bake until the sauce is bubbly and the panko is golden, about 30 minutes.
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90 Reviews

jimkennedy51

OK, I've never written a review on FN before, but here goes....This was a family hit!  Our son doesn't like mushrooms, and after I saw the episode on TV, I thought it would be worth a try.  Everyone loved it!   The cayenne kick, the red peppers and the crunchy Panko on top just made it perfect.   Followed the recipe to a "T": with the exception of the "sharp" cheddar cheese (used mild cheddar as that's what we had) and frozen green beans (no fresh available).  I also switched the oven to "broil" for a couple of minutes to brown the Panko.     I think everyone had a second helping, and we still have some leftovers.   This went into our "recipe book" for the future.  

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