Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gourmet Green Bean Casserole

I have always meant to get this one up here. I only make it for holidays so it usually slips my mind. This year I was bound and determined to get it up!

2 lbs fresh* green beans, ends trimmed and cut to size preference
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled. Reserve bacon fat (or you can use 1/4 cup butter)
3 TB flour OR for GF use 2 TB tapioca or potato starch, (corn starch works too but it doesnt withstand heat as well)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sour cream
4 oz cream cheese
shredded cheddar
crushed butter crackers (Link for A GF version)

* you can use frozen if you like, just thaw them a bit first....I don't recommend canned be substituted.

Heat reserved bacon fat(or butter) in a large skillet, add flour and stir to make a smooth roux. add sugar, onion and garlic.

Cook until tender and fragrant, then add sour cream and cream cheese. Heat and stir until smooth and creamy. Add Salt and Pepper to taste.

Add beans and toss to coat.

Place in a greased casserole dish top with crumbled bacon , cover with foil

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes until the beans are tender... remove foil, sprinkle on shredded cheese and crushed crackers and bake 10 minutes more until the cheese is melted.

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