Cheesy, Crispy Green Bean Casserole

Cheesy, Crispy Green Bean Casserole

After plopping that picture at the top of this post, I considered not even writing anything.  I mean… do you have to be convinced to make this?  Did you see the gooey cheese?  The creamy sauce? The buttery, crispy bits on top? The perfectly tender-yet-crisp green beans? Well, yeah, that’s pretty much the whole story right there.

Cheesy, Crispy Green Bean Casserole

Sometimes I feel the need to explain to people why something sound crazy, but it actually so amazing that they need to make it.  I feel no such compulsion at the moment.  It really isn’t surprising that a dish comprised of cheesy, crispy, vegetable goodness is delicious.  The only thing that was somewhat surprising about this one for me was the fact that yogurt made up most of the sauce, which tasted insanely rich and decadent- as if it were made of the love child of butter and heavy cream. If you don’t have yogurt, sour cream would work too, but I like using yogurt whenever I can.

Cheesy, Crispy Green Bean Casserole

Ok, now here is what needs to be addressed: this is far superior to the green bean casserole that you make at thanksgiving with a can of cream of mushroom soup and a box of french fried onions.  By a long shot.  I know the other one is tradition.  But this one is so good that no one will miss the other one.  It will be become the new tradition.  It keeps all the good aspects of the original (creamy sauce, savory crispy topping), but gets rid of all the not so pleasant ones (chemical-laden canned soup and processed junk). And on top of that… there’s the addition of cheese.  So even if you’re not ready to make this switch for Thanksgiving, this one’s a keeper for any ole’ day of the year.

Cheesy, Crispy Green Bean Casserole

Cheesy, Crispy Green Bean Casserole

adapted from this recipe

3 tablespoons butter, separated
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt or sour cream
4 cups green beans, fresh or frozen
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 cup butter crackers, crushed
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring intermittently, for a few minutes, until they are just starting to become translucent.  Add in flour and stir constantly, scraping the bottom of the pan, for about a minute. Add the salt and yogurt or sour cream and stir until smooth and all the flour is incorporated.

Add the green beans and stir to coat well. Transfer the mixture to an 8 x8 casserole dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top.

Melt remaining one tablespoon of butter. In a small bowl, toss together cracker crumbs and butter, and  sprinkle this over the cheese.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and crumbs are beginning to brown.
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10 Comments

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10 responses to “Cheesy, Crispy Green Bean Casserole

  1. Connie

    I am definitely making this for Thanksgiving.

  2. Katie

    Yum city! If a vegetable is prefaced with “cheesy”, I’m game.

  3. Oooh, I am bookmarking this! I’m Australian but have spent many years on and off living in the US, so I always cook a big Thanksgiving feast. I was definitely having some form of green bean casserole, and I love that this is minus the processed stuff and plus the cheese!

  4. Crystal Sulivan

    Disclaimer: I am Christina’s mom. But this is the truth!!! This beats out any green bean casserole I ever had. When we tried it last Sunday, the whole family would have voted with a “Yay” vote but they were too busy stuffing this into their mouths….
    You won’t be disappointed.

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  6. Lana F.

    I am so excited to try this today! (As is my daughter-in-law, we’ve been talking about this recipe all week!) I will repost when we have finally tried it later. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    • Hi, Lana! I just finished prepping my batch for our meal today myself! Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does. Yes, please do let us know how it turned out for you- I love feedback. Happy Thanksgiving!

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