Tuesday, January 4, 2011

PW's Green Bean Casserole

I have left over green beans to use up. I am also in need of some serious comfort food. This recipe is compliments of Pioneer Woman who ALWAYS supplies rich yummy comfort food. I am going to replace the Panko with the French's onions. I've edited for what I did.

Green Bean Casserole



  • 2 pounds Fresh Green Beans, Ends Cut Off (mine were left over)
  • 4 slices Bacon, Cut Into 1/4 Inch Pieces (pre cooked in microwave)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ½ whole Large Onion, Chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 2-½ cups Whole Milk (I went heavier - heavy cream and half and half just because I had it)
  • ½ cups Half-and-half
  • 1-½ teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • ⅛ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese (I of course added more)
  • 1 jar (4 Ounce) Sliced Pimentoes, Drained (I'd have loved even more)
  • Extra Milk For Thinning If Necessary
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs - I ommitted and used French's Onions instead cause I was after comfort breading, not healthy breading! :D

Preparation Instructions

  • Cut green beans in half if you like pieces to be a little smaller.
  • Blanch the green beans: drop them into lightly salted boiling water and allow green beans to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove them from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain beans once they’re 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 cooking for 3 to 5 minutes, or until bacon is done (but not crisp) 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 mix 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 topping is golden.


Kathy said...

That sounds soooo much better than the French's recipe!

Maine Mom said...

and it IS so much better. I got nervous because typically I don't like green bean casserole because of the traditional recipes. This recipe is NUMMY, and I am happy I put French's onions on top instead of the Panko - those things are a perfect comfort food.

Spud said...

it was soooo good! I had to stop and take a deep breath because i caught myself SHOVELING it in!