The best green bean casserole contains creamy goat cheese and crunchy toasted bread crumbs
Here come the holidays! As someone who loves to cook, the holidays are a time of culinary inspiration. Everything from cookies to casseroles are fair game, and I often find myself torn between spending time with friends and family, and knocking out all those recipes I’m dying to try.
There is a way to have it all. Through the years I’ve picked up some time saving kitchen tricks that won’t sacrifice holiday decadence. If you can spend more time with your loved ones, and still serve them an amazing meal then everyone wins.
Case in point, this green bean casserole. Green bean casserole is a beloved, classic holiday side dish that is a must-have on any holiday table. The secret to my green bean casserole is that I make it with canned Del Monte green beans. Using canned beans is a great way to save time without sacrificing quality or taste. I like to fancy up this simple casserole by adding rich, creamy goat cheese. Your loved ones will think you’ve slaved away in the kitchen, but in reality, Del Monte cut your time in half and you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying your guests.
To me, a beautiful holiday season begins on a canvas of amazing food and drink. This year, keep in mind what’s most important and prioritize your time with your friends and family while still serving up amazing food for all to enjoy. Del Monte green beans are a great place to start.
Goat Cheese Green Bean Casserole
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 28-oz cans Del Monte green beans, drained
4 Tablespoons butter, divided
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
7 oz goat cheese
salt and pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sliced shallots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook 6-8 minutes until mushrooms are golden brown and shallots are soft. Combine mushroom mixture with green beans in a large mixing bowl.
Using the same skillet, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter, whisk in flour and milk until smooth. Whisking constantly, add goat cheese until a thick, creamy cheese sauce forms. Fold cheese sauce into vegetable mixture until well combined.
Spray an 8X8 casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 25 minutes until bubbly.
Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in a small skillet. Add panko breadcrumbs and stir constantly until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
Top vegetable mixture with breadcrumbs and bake 5 minutes more.
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