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Blue Cheese Green Bean Casserole

Blue Cheese Green Bean Casserole


I don't know what it is about the green bean casserole but I have been fascinated by it ever since I discovered it last year and it has quickly become a staple in my holiday meals. Of course I have always been making it from scratch and I have been experimenting with it each time I make it. This year I had a kind of blue cheese thing going on with the side dishes and I thought that a blue cheese green bean casserole would be a nice idea. Blue cheese and mushrooms are a great combination and since I like to have a strong representation of mushrooms in my green bean casserole it seemed like a natural thing to do. I pretty much just took my regular green bean casserole recipe and melted some gorgonzola dolce into the bechamel sauce. Since I also like to saute some onion along with the mushrooms and since I was going to be slowly caramelizing some onions for another dish I figured that I would just make extra and add some amazing caramelized oniony goodness to the casserole as well. I have to say that this years blue cheese green bean casserole was the best green bean casserole yet! The tangy blue cheese went well with the sweet caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms in the creamy bechamel that covered the green beans. The crispy fried onions topped the side off perfectly adding a nice contrasting texture.

Blue Cheese Green Bean Casserole

(makes 6+ servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion (sliced)
1 tablespoon butter
1 8 ounce package crimini mushrooms (sliced or quartered)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 teaspoon thyme (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
1 splash sherry (or white wine)
1 pound green beans (trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 handful french fried onions (home made or canned)

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a pan.
2. Add the onions and slowly cook until they caramelize, about 20-30 minutes.
3. Add the butter and let it melt.
4. Add the mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms start to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes.
5. Add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
6. Add the sherry and deglaze the pan.
7. Add the green beans and saute until bright green and just starting to turn tender but still crisp, about 5 minutes.
8. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.
9. Add the flour and stir until lightly golden brown.
10. Add the milk and simmer until it thickens.
11. Add the blue cheese and simmer until it melts.
12. Add the green beans and mushrooms and toss to coat.
13. Pour the mixture into an 8x8 inch baking dish.
14. Top with the panko bread crumbs and french fried onions.
15. Bake in a preheated 400F oven until the sides are bubbling and the top is golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Similar Recipes:
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Green Bean and Mushroom Poutine
Sweet Potato Casserole
Deconstructed Green Bean Casserole

The rest of my Thanksgiving meal:
Parmesan and Sage Roasted Turkey Breast
Cranberry Chutney
Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Crispy Fried Sage
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Maple Pecan Ice Cream

32 comments:

Christina said...

Do you know that I've never had green bean casserole!?? This looks like a really neat twist on it!

Maria said...

I've got a bunch of green beans sitting in the fridge and I've been teetering between a casserole and a warm green bean salad. This looks absolutely amazing and as I have some Gorgonzola in the fridge as well, I may try this dish tomorrow.

Elizabeth said...

Kevin, once again you've succeeded in putting a great twist on a classic recipe...I am not a fan of blue cheese but I may just try this!

Chris said...

I just imported this into BigOven for me to try later. Nice spin on the traditional dish.

Amy said...

Casseroles are a big thing, here in the Midwest, and green bean casseroles are no exception. I've been intrigued by them for a long time, too, but haven't ever made one. I really like your rendition!

Marg said...

This looks gorgeous! We are having it for supper tomorrow night. Thanks. :>

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Snooty Primadona said...

Oh. Yeah. I'm definitely up for this. I think my family actually gets bored with the same things year after year, so I try to change things up every year.

Thanks for introducing me to a new casserole, since I'm actually cooking this year.

Nina Timm said...

Oh yes, baby, these beans rock!!!! I cannot wait to try them. Blue cheese is my favorite cheese!!!

Mags said...

Very rarely (OK, never) do green beans get me salivating, but wow, these did. Great combination Kevin!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

An awesome casserole and perfect combo! Yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Homecooked said...

I have never tried bean casserole but the combination of beans and blue cheese sounds delicious!

Joanne said...

Blue cheese and I are very, very good friends. This looks amazing. Definitely making it onto my Thanksgiving list.

Ben said...

Give me anything with blue cheese and I am happy. Great recipe!

Becky said...

That looks great ... probably too classy for my family's holiday get-togethers, though!

Jessica said...

This looks delicious!

teresa said...

i am pretty sure this is going to find itself on our thanksgiving table this year, wonderful recipe, thanks!

Chris said...

Lol! Green bean casserole is such an American thing - and usually kind of a letdown to be honest. Your version looks really good! Love the addition of the blue cheese.
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

George Gaston said...

Kevin... your creativity is working overtime and we are the benefactors. Great addition to this well-known casserole!

Jacqueline said...

Ok, I am drooling over here now Kevin! This sounds so, so very good! Why oh why do I only make bechamel sauce for pasta?

Rosabela said...

This sounds absolutely amazing! Will have to try it.

biz319 said...

You just made my husband's thanksgiving! He loves blue cheese and this casserole!

Thanks for sharing Kevin! :D

Linda - one scoop at a time said...

This is one fancy green bean casserole. I'm thinking I should make this for my upcoming holiday potlucks. My friends will be surprised and hopefully it will happily fill their bellies.

Pam said...

What a way to kick up the old green bean casserole!

Shelly W said...

Your casserole kicks the crap outta the "standard" one! Looks awesome!

Culinary Cory said...

I LOVE Green Bean Casseroles. It's totally a staple for every holiday meal. Great idea to add blue cheese for a boost of flavor.

Anonymous said...

wow. this looks awesome.
you are the man!!
my favorite food blog. not pretentious, accurate techniques and descriptions and delicious.
keep it up man!!!!!!

{lovely little things} said...

This was pretty spectacular. I was out of blue cheese so I substituted it with Gorgonzola, and it still tasted great. Great recipe!

Angie said...

Best Side Dish @ Thanksgiving this year!!

Jogger said...

I just made this for my office holiday potluck tomorrow. I tried some, and it is AMAZING!

Thanks for the creative recipes!

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Jessica said...

I googled "green bean casserole with a twist" the other day after a moment of desperation - I'd been assigned to make the dread casserole AGAIN for Thanksgiving. Well, thank you - this recipe was truly wonderful, and will happily make repeat appearances. :)

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