Homemade Green Bean Casserole

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Serves 6
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To the joy of some and the lament of others, Green Bean Casserole is a holiday staple in many households. Here, you’ll find a lighter homemade version that ditches the canned soup component. Green Bean Casserole is one dish that can also be made in advance, especially helpful on Thanksgiving.


1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, thinly sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 large onion, thinly sliced into rings, or 1-1/2 cups French's Crispy Fried Onions
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
buttered breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Add green beans to a large pot, and just cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until nearly tender. Drain beans, reserving water, and put into a shallow casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper.
Add 2 tablespoons of bean water back into pot. Add butter and let it melt. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Cover beans with onions, then pour sauce over onions. Pour cream over sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Stir to combine. Sprinkle buttered breadcrumbs over casserole. 
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden on top

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