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A new twist on an old favorite Thanksgiving side dish…

By: 24 November 2010 No Comment

Green beans...I have never been a big fan of green bean casserole, something about the canned mushroom soup and the fried onion topping just doesn’t sound good to me.

What if there was a green been casserole that didn’t include all that mushroom soup and weird onion topping? A “denastified” green bean casserole, in other words.

Well, such a recipe does, indeed, exist. So here is a twist on an old favorite.

Green bean casserole

2 lbs fresh green beans, ends cut off
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 whole large onion, chopped
4 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup half and half
1 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 jar (4 ounce) sliced pimentoes, drained
extra milk for thinning if necessary
1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Cut green beans in half if you like pieces to be smaller. Blanch green beans: drop them into lightly salted boiling water and allow green beans to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove them from the boiling waster with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain beans once they are cool and set aside.

Add bacon pieces to a skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon for two minutes, then add diced onion and garlic and continue for 3 to 5 minutes, or until bacon is done and onions are golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a separate skillet or saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle flour into the pan and whisk immediately to evenly mis it into the butter. Cook for a minute or two, then pour in milk and half and half. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, while sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne then add the grated cheddar. Stir while cheese melts. Turn off heat.

Add pimentos to pan, then add bacon/onion mixture. Stir to combine. Pour over green beans and stir gently to combine. Pour into a baking dish and top with Panko crumbs.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and Panko crumbs are golden.

Someone's in the kitchen with Marci!

About: Marci Nobles:
Marci Nobles, a Benton resident, is a fantastic cook. Visit her on the Internet at The Crazed Wife Blog or send an email to mknobles@att.net.

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