Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side? For me, it’s green bean casserole. I only make it for Thanksgiving each year and it’s something I always look forward to. And for that reason, it’s also the side dish I’ve been most hesitant to switch up.

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This cheesy version may be a contender for new favorite.

These casserole starts with fresh green beans that are par boiled and then tossed in a cheese sauce and topped with seasoned bread crumbs and fried onions.

It is reminicent of a traditional green bean casserole but the cheesy element adds a really fun flavor and makes it – dare I say it? – more kid-friendly.

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Serves 6-8

1 1/2 lbs. green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 1/2 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 shallots, minced
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/3 cup flour
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-fat milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided
3 Tbsp. dry breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 2 1/2 quart baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a large saucepan, bring a few inches of water to a boil. Add in the green beans and cook for about 4 minutes, until tender-crisp. Drain and transfer to bowl.

In the same skillet, heat 4 tsp. of olive oil and butter. Add the shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes, until they start to brown. Add in the thyme, salt and pepper, and cook for a minute more, until fragrant. Stir in the sherry and cook until the liquid is evaporated. Sprinkle flour over and stir until combined. Slowly whisk in the broth and milk and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheddar. Add in the green beans and stir until everything is evenly combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and remaining olive oil. Stir in the onion powder and paprika until evenly distributed. Sprinkle over the green beans.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

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