There’s this thing that I make, it’s pretty awesome. I’m fairly certain it’s the main reason I’m invited to holiday dinners. For Christmas this year I was specifically told that I would be bringing my Green Bean Casserole. At Thanksgiving, my vegetarian friend ate some, realized there was bacon in it, and ate the rest in silence. Afterwards, he begrudgingly admitted to enjoying it after it was confirmed that there is indeed bacon included in this casserole. Yep, it’s that good.
I shouldn’t take so much credit. I got this recipe from The Pioneer Woman, and I have adapted it somewhat. But after trying it last year for the first time I knew that this was the recipe I’d be using for-evah. No bigs.
Your ingredients are simple, which I think is important around the holiday season. We don’t want to make something fussy if we don’t need to. This is also really easy to make ahead. You can put the entire casserole together the day before, sans french fried onions, cover and refrigerate. When you’re ready cover with onions and cook for 30 minutes. Amazingness, simplified. You’re welcome.
Just remember that if you’re trying to share this with someone, and you want to take a picture you’ll need to snap one fast. This doesn’t stay around for very long.
Green Bean Casserole
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: side Christmas Thanksgiving American
Ingredients (Serves 8)
- 2 Pounds fresh Green Beans, ends trimmed
- 6 slices of Bacon cut into 1/4 in pieces
- 3 cloves of Garlic, minced
- 1/2 large Onion, chopped
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 4 Tablespoons Flour
- 2 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Half & Half
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
- French Fried Onions
Cut green beans in half and start a large pot of lightly salted boiling water.
Blanch the green beans: drop them in boiling water and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain green beans in colander and run very cold water over them until they cool down and stop cooking. Allow them to drain, when they are done spread into bottom of 9×13 casserole dish or baking pan.
Add bacon to medium skillet and cook over medium heat. Cook for two minutes and then add onion and garlic and continue to cook 4-5 minutes. Until bacon is done and onions are golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
In saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle flour into pan and whisk to combine with butter evenly. Continue whisking while it cooks for a minute or two more. Add half and half and milk. Continue cooking, and whisking, while the sauce thickens, this should take 2-3 minutes. Add salt, pepper and cayenne before adding the grated cheese. Stir while cheese melts. Once that has happened, remove from heat and celebrate that you just made your very own white sauce! It’s a totally important thing to know.
Add bacon and onion mixture to sauce, stir to combine. Pour over green beans and top with french fried onions.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until sauce is bubbly and onions are golden.