Saturday, March 27, 2010

Not Your Mama's Green Bean Casserole

I brought this to my hubby's family party ONE time (to a bunch of sneers about green bean casserole) and I am now designated to bring it to every family function. I won them over, and they are difficult eaters to please. I swear you will never sneer at green bean casserole again.

2 bags of frozen green beans - I prefer the "fancy" ones or the French cut ones for this.  You can also use the equivalent amount of fresh green beans. 

3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 hefty tbsp of kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 small sweet onion - diced finely
1 clove garlic - minced
3 cups of 2% milk - you can use 1% or whole...but skim doesn't work so well.

1 lb of crispy bacon, cooked & drained - I made bacon for my hubby today & had nearly the entire pound I was inspired to make this. I always buy the 3 lb pack at Sam's Club and divide it up into smaller portions and freeze it. It's only about $7.50 for 3 lbs of the lean, thick sliced bacon.

1 bag/container of French Fried Onions

2 cups of shredded cheese - I used 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 cup of colby/jack

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

First get the green beans in a colandar and defrost with some warm water. Let them drain REALLY WELL.

On to the white sauce. Just say NO to condensed soup! Yuck!  Get a saucepan on medium heat and add the 3 tbsp of butter, diced onion & garlic. Season with salt & pepper. Let the onions soften for a minute or two.

Now incorporate the flour and cook for a minute.

Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a boil while stirring pretty constantly.

Season with salt & pepper. It'll need a good amount because you are seasoning A LOT of green beans. Taste it. It should have flavor...even on the salty side a bit.  It should thicken and coat the back of a spoon nicely.

Set aside and grate your cheese. About 2 cups total of shredded cheese.

Assembly time!
Get a large bowl and toss in the well drained thawed green beans. Add in the sauce and about 1 cup of the French fried onions.Then the bacon & cheese.

Use your muscles and really mix together well. Make sure everything is incorporated. Taste it and adjust your seasoning if needed.

Now pour the mixture into a large baking dish and bake at 350 for 40 minutes - covered with foil.

Take out and uncover. Top with the rest of the fried onions and bake for 10 more minutes - so the onions get really crispy.

I served mine with some grilled chicken, since the dish is a bit on the heavy side.

You will never sneer at green bean casserole again. I swear. It's heavenly.


Anonymous said...

Yummy. I must try this! I am going to put this on the meal plan for next week!

charleesmommy said...

MMMMM.....Just popped this in the oven and it smells absolutely DELICIOUS! I've never tried green bean casserole because it always looks so gross, but as soon as I saw the pictures of this one, I told my hubby I was making it. I went to the store today and got everything and now I just hope it tastes half as good as the smells wafting out of my oven right now!!
Your recipes are awesome! A friend suggested your page to me, and I've been hooked ever since :)

Melissa said...

How exciting! I'm so glad I could introduce you to this fantastic version of the blah original. You will love it...I guarantee! Thank you for the kind words and support. It really means the world to me that I can inspire people to get in the kitchen and enjoy cooking and eating homemade meals.

charleesmommy said...

I LOVED the casserole. It was even BETTER than it smelled :) This is definitely on the "repeat" list. Even my 17 month old loved it!