Thanksgiving is almost here and we couldn't be more excited about the delicious food we are going to be devouring. It’s just a perfect holiday, yummy food and being surrounded by family and friends. So surprise them this special day with some delicious homemade green bean casserole. Make Thanksgiving that more special with your own contribution to the feast, I guarantee everyone will love it!
Prep time: 25 min Cook time: 40 min
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2 pounds of fresh green beans with the ends cut off.
- 4 slices of bacon cut into pieces. Cook your bacon with our zappy Bacon Cooker
- 3 cloves garlic minced with our zappy Garlic Alloy Press
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped with our zappy Vegetable Chopper
- 1/2 whole large onion, chopped with our Vegetable Chopper
- 5 tablespoons of butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk, plus extra for thinning if needed
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- Freshly ground black pepper, Make this step easier with our Dual Pepper Grinder
- 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut the green beans to your desired length and then 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 with a slotted spoon and immediately place into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Once the beans are cooled down, take them out and set them aside.
- Cut the bacon into small pieces, then add the bacon pieces to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes, and then add the peppers, garlic and onions, and continue cooking until the bacon is almost crisp and the onions are golden brown, It should take about 3 to 5 minutes. When it is finished cooking remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a separate saucepan, melt the 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 pour in the milk and half-and-half. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, while the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoons of salt, some black pepper and then add the grated cheese. Stir while the cheese melts and one it’s done turn off the heat.
- Add the bacon and onion mixture and stir to mix. Later 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, this should take around 30 minutes.
And ZAP! You are ready for thanksgiving! Impress all your loved ones with your amazing cooking skills so maybe now the conversation can shift to your casserole rather than your love life.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!!