On Christmas Eve I made a meal for my family all by myself. There were only going to be six of us so I didn’t make a huge meal, but I did want it to be special. So I make all of this food, everyone tells me how good it is, and then my husband says…I really like green bean casserole.
I have never eaten green bean casserole in my life.
It looks totally gross to me.
My mom and sister agreed, and my husband says…Green beans are my favorite vegetable.
I’m like…whaaaaaaat?! How have I been with this man nearly ten years and this is news to me!
But there was no way I was going to be making the green bean casserole I had seen at so many family dinners. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, I just knew from the list of ingredients it was not for me.
Low and behold I was catching up on some Pioneer Woman and she whips up this green bean casserole that I do believe I can get behind. So I got all excited (I’m easily excited don’t judge me) and sneak it on the menu.
Everyone loved it! Even my picky eater gobbled it up!
So without further ado, I bring you a green bean casserole that I will actually eat!
Green Bean Casserole
2 cans of green beans
4 slices of bacon
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 diced red bell pepper
1 small onion diced
1/2 stick of butter
4 tbs flour
1/2 cup half and half
pinch of cayenne
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
French fried onions
Pre heat the oven to 350
Cut up the bacon and put in a medium sauce pan
Cook for about two minutes
Add the peppers, garlic, and onion.
Cook until bacon is done but not crispy about five minutes
In a seperate sauce pan melt the butter
Sprinkle the flour in and whisk
Cook for a minute or two and then add the half and half
Continue cooking and whisk constantly
Once the sauce has thickened add the salt, pepper, cayenne. and grated cheese
Stir until the cheese melts then remove from the heat.
Add the bacon mixture and stir to combine
Pour in the green beans and gently fold them in
Pour the whole mixture into a baking dish
Top with the french fried onions and bake 25-30 minutes or until the sides are bubbly and onions are crisp
Let rest at least ten minutes and serve!