Greenbean Casserole

Pioneer Woman

Greenbean Casserole

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 2

    pounds fresh green beans, ends cut off

  • Salt

  • 4

    slices bacon, cut into ¼-inch pieces

  • 3

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 1

    red bell pepper, diced

  • ½

    whole large onion, chopped

  • 4

    tablespoons (½ stick) butter

  • 4

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • cups whole milk, plus extra for thinning if needed

  • ½

    cup half-and-half

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1

    cup grated sharp Cheddar

  • 1

    cup panko breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the green beans in half if you like the pieces to be a little smaller. Blanch the green beans: drop them into lightly salted boiling water and allow the green beans to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove them from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain the beans once they're cool and set aside. Add the bacon pieces to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes, and then add the peppers, garlic and onions, and continue cooking until the bacon is done (but not crisp) and the onions are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour into the pan and whisk immediately to evenly mix it into the butter. Cook for a minute or 2, and then pour in the milk and half-and-half. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, while the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, some black pepper and the cayenne, and then add the grated cheese. Stir while the cheese melts. Turn off the heat. Add the bacon/onion mixture and stir to combine. Add the green beans and stir gently to combine. Pour into a baking dish and top with the panko. Bake until the sauce is bubbly and the panko is golden, about 30 minutes.


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