pioneer woman green bean casserole

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serves 8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For pioneer woman green bean casserole

  • 2 lb
    green beans, fresh, ends cut off
  • salt
  • 4 slice
    bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lg
    onion, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter (1/2 stick)
  • 4 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 c
    milk, whole, plus extra for thinning if needed
  • 1/2 c
    half and half
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/8 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 c
    panko bread crumbs

How To Make pioneer woman green bean casserole

  • 1
    Preheat over to 350 degrees F
  • 2
    Cut green beams in half if you like the pieces to be a little smaller. Blanch green beans; drop them into lightly salted boiling water and allow to cook to 3-4 minutes. Remove them from boiling water with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice cold water stop the cooking process. Drain the beans once they're cool and set aside.
  • 3
    Add the bacon pieces to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes, and then add onion and continue cooking until the bacon is done (but not crisp) and the onions are golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • 4
    In a separate saucepan, melt 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 our in the milk and half and half. Continue 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 heat.
  • 5
    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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