Cheesy Bacon Bean Casserole


Cheesy Bacon Bean Casserole

4 strips of bacon

1 yellow onion finely diced

3 cloves of garlic finely minced

3 tbsp all purpose flour

1 cup half and half or whole milk

1 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

3 tbsp sour cream

1 lb. of green beans cleaned and trimmed

1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

1 cup of french fried onions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Add bacon to a saute pan over high heat.  Cook bacon until crisp and all the fat has rendered.

Remove strips of bacon to a towel lined plate leaving fat in the saute pan. Chop bacon into small pieces and set aside.

Turn heat to medium and add onions to the fat and cook until softened. This will take 3-5 minutes.  Add garlic and saute another minute,

Add flour to the onion mixture and whisk to combine.  Cook for 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in the half and half or milk to the mixture. Stir in the sour cream. Keep stirring until the mixture is a gravy-like consistency. Season with the pepper. Take the mixture off the heat.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Drop in green beans and cook for 5 minutes.  Drain the beans and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Grease a 9x13 casserole dish.  In a large bowl, combine green beans, onion and cream mixture, bacon pieces and stir gently to combine.

Transfer beans mixture into the casserole dish.  

NOTE: You can cover and refrigerate the casserole for up to 2 days at this point before baking.

Top with shredded white cheddar cheese and sprinkle fried onions over the cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.


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