Holiday Side Dishes: Green Bean Casserole with Bacon

November 23, 2017

Steps:
2 Lbs Fresh Green Beans
1/2 Pack of Bacon
1/2 White Onion
1 cup Monterey Cheese
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese
3 cups Half and Half
1/2 jar of Pimentos
1/4 cup Flower
4 tbls butter
1 tbls Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
2 cups Crispy Onions
2 Cloves of Garlic

 

  • Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Next 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 and immediately drop them into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain them once they are cool and set aside.
  • Add the bacon pieces to a skillet. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes, and then add the garlic and onions.
  • 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 medium heat saucepan, melt butter. 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 half-and-half, chicken broth, and red wine vinegar. Continue cooking, whisking quickly and constantly, while the sauce thickens for about 2 minutes. Season with salt, some black pepper, 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.
  • Place the green beans in casserole dish, pour the cheese sauce over, bake until the sauce is bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  • Cover with crispy onions when done and enjoy!


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