If you search for this topic on the internet, you will get an array of different beautiful casserole recipes. But the one that you will be able to learn through this recipe is one of the healthiest and most delicious casseroles. This casserole is known as a green bean casserole which is very popular in American households and it is also quite a regular meal in different countries.
But here in this recipe, you will be able to learn how to cook green bean casserole with crispy bacon bits. The casserole tastes awesome and the slow melting cheese with the white sauce and crunchy bacon bits makes the dish simply unavoidable. So, prepare it today and you will be able to become a super mom among your picky kids who usually refrain from eating green beans.
Difficulty level: Easy
Servings per recipe: 6-8
Preparation time required: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time required: 40-45 minutes
1 stirring spoon
1 wire whisk
1 large bowl
1 frying pan
1 small bowl
1 9×13-inch casserole dish
1 cooking spray
1 slotted spoon
1 spider strainer
1 sharp knife
2 lbs. of fresh green beans
6 strips of bacon, cut into bits
3 large cloves of garlic, minced
3 large onions, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
1 cup of dried breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon of cooking oil
6 oz. of grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Ice cold water
For the white sauce
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of flour
2 cups + ½ cup of milk, at room temperature
A pinch of dried thyme
2 tablespoons of butter
A pinch of ground nutmeg
Salt, to taste
1/3rd teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Method of Cooking
1. Take the bacon strips and cut them into smaller bits. Then take a frying pan and place it on the stove. Light up the flame and adjust it to set it on medium. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the frying pan and wait for the oil to get heat up. Once the oil starts crackling, add the bacon bits to it and fry them for 3-4 minutes or until the bacon turns crispy and dark brown in color. Once done, spoon out the bacon bits with a slotted spoon and then keep them on a paper towel lined plate.
2. Next, take the onions and peel them. Then slice the onions in the direction of the grain into medium thick pieces. Rinse the onions under water and then put them into the same frying pan where you fried the bacons. Then chop the cloves of garlic and throw them into the same frying pan. Sauté the onions and garlic in the bacon fat for 10-15 minutes or until the onions get caramelized.
3. Once that happens, turn off the flame and set aside the caramelized onions and garlic for later use. Next, place a saucepan on the stove and light up the flame. Maintain the flame on medium low and then put 2 tablespoons of butter into the saucepan. Let the butter melt completely and then slowly add the flour to it while stirring the mixture constantly to avoid any lump formation.
Once the butter and flour is mixed, slowly add the milk and stir the mixture constantly to combine. Once all the milk is added, put the dried thyme, cayenne pepper powder, salt, ground nutmeg and freshly ground black pepper to the sauce and then stir to combine.
4. Let the sauce cook one medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until it thickens up a bit. While the sauce is cooking, take the green beans and snap off the tips from both sides. Then cut the beans into half.
Next, bring a pot of salted water to boil and then put the chopped green beans to it. Cook the beans for 4-5 minutes or until they become soft. Once done, strain them out of the water with the help of a spider strainer and then immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice-cold water to stop the cooking process.
5. Next, take the casserole dish and spray it generously with cooking spray. Arrange half of the caramelized onions and garlic in the casserole dish and then put the green beans on top. Follow that by spreading half of the fried bacon bits. Next, season the green beans with salt and pepper and then pour the white sauce on top.
Spread out the sauce evenly and then sprinkle half of the grated cheddar cheese on top. Next, spread the remaining caramelized onions on top and then follow that with the rest of the bacon bits.
6. Now take a bowl and put the dried breadcrumbs and melted butter in it. Mix the breadcrumbs with the butter and then spread the mixture over the bacon bits in the casserole dish. Finally, spread the remaining grated cheddar cheese and grated parmesan cheese evenly on top to finish the assembling process.
Once done, insert the casserole dish into a 375 degrees Fahrenheit preheated oven and bake the casserole for 30 minutes or until the cheese on the top turns into rich golden color. Once done, let the casserole sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving it warm.
1. To cut the tips of the beans, just arrange them side by side in one level and then slowly chop off the tips. Snapping the tips one by one is very time consuming and simply irritating.
2. It is very important to blanch the green beans in cold water, because if you don’t do that, the beans will simply become soggy.
3. Make sure you dry the green beans well before adding them to the casserole.
4. You can also use pimentos instead of cayenne pepper to add some color to the casserole.