Cheesy Green Beans Au Gratin Bake is creamy, rich and velvety smooth. Baked in a cheesy sauce and then topped with a crunchy cracker & parmesan cheese crust. Gluten free & Vegetarian.
So much good going on Right here, right now, a top this plate! Yesss…Please!
But seriously guys, nothing says the holidays like some good home cooked Au gratins.
Whether they be in the form of potatoes or any other veggie there is just something comforting about a good old fashioned gratin.
Creamy, warm and the slightly browned crunchy crust just speaks special to me. ARF, ARF…
And some of my favorite holiday memories definitely revolved around all the good food…so Thanksgiving was just naturally a happy occasion for me.
So when I was contemplating green beans on the menu this year my brain just naturally thought of an Au gratin.
Hence this Cheesy Green Beans Au Gratin Bake will make it to my table this year & hopefully yours.
Cause let’s face it green beans just belong in an Au gratin & on your holiday table this year.
And if you’re in charge of preparing the meal I think you’ll really love the ease of the recipe. Plus it’s something you can make ahead.
That’s one more thing I totally just love about Thanksgiving food….<—- a lot of it can be made ahead and it is soooo, soooo good leftover.
But there again I’m a big fan of leftovers and basically how I function on a weekly basis.
So if I haven’t convinced you yet to give this one a go, let’s just sum up all the reasons you need to bring this to your holiday table or any time.
This Cheesy Green Beans Au Gratin Bake is….
- Well Easy & can be made ahead
- Great served leftover
- Creamy, cheesy with just a slight crunch
- Taking the green beans to the next level of special
- Kid friendly
- Not your Mama’s green bean casserole(not that there is anything wrong with that)
- Gluten free & Vegetarian
Hope you’ll get a chance to Enjoy this one on your Holiday table!
- 2 lbs. green beans trimmed & rinsed
- 4 tbsp. butter plus some for greasing casserole dish.
- 1/2 large yellow onion or 1 small
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup half & half cream
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese divided
- salt & pepper to taste
- crumb topping:
- 1/3 cup each of crushed gluten free cracker crumbs & finely shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Generously grease a 9 x 9 casserole pan with butter.
Bring large pot of water to boil.
Add trimmed, cleaned green beans to boiling water.
Cook about 1-2 minutes just to blanch them.
Drain & add to ice water bath to stop cooking. Drain well & set aside.
Meanwhile in pan on top of stove melt butter over medium heat.
Add onion & garlic & cook 2-3 minutes.
Then half & half cream, & creamed cheese and stir another couple minutes till thickened.
When thickened add 6 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese & stir till completely melted.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Put drained green beans in buttered casserole pan, top with sauce and remaining cheddar cheese.
Instructions for topping:
pulse crackers in food processor till finely chopped.
put in bowl with parmesan cheese and stir.
sprinkle on top of green beans.
optional: sprinkle casserole with paprika
Bake in preheated oven covered 30 minutes
Remove cover and cook an additional 10 minutes.
Allow 10 minutes prior to serving.