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Easy Green Bean Casserole with Blue Cheese

This Easy Green Bean Casserole with Blue Cheese is creamy and full of flavor with a crunchy topping made with panko breadcrumbs and french fried onions.

This Easy Green Bean Casserole with Blue Cheese is creamy and full of flavor with a crunchy topping made with panko breadcrumbs and french fried onions. So easy and good!!

I’ve been told that I can add blue cheese to just about anything. Salads, sandwiches, pasta, gratins, on bread…and now, in a fantastic and easy Green Bean Casserole that is so, sooo delicious you’re going to want to make it all year long, not just for the holidays.

Green Bean Casserole is one of those things that everyone loves and has stood the test of time (it’s been around since the 1950’s)! I love the classic version but, as you know, I do love my blue cheese and thought it would make a great twist to your standard Green Bean Casserole. I normally use fresh beans and was really happy with the outcome of this dish; I didn’t feel that it compromised the quality or taste of this beloved holiday side dish. If you’ve ever cooked a holiday meal then you know how much work it is. Any shortcut that saves time but still makes for a fantastic dish is always welcome!

This Easy Green Bean Casserole with Blue Cheese is creamy and full of flavor with a crunchy topping made with panko breadcrumbs and french fried onions. So easy and good!!

I switched up the french fried onion topping just a bit, too. Instead of just piling the onions on, I chopped some up then mixed them with some panko breadcrumbs and melted butter. I love a good, crunchy topping and I think I improved upon the traditional just a little. I serve extra french fried onions on the side – I don’t want to take away too much tradition (plus they’re good to just snack on). The topping could easily be doubled, too, and either use it all on the casserole or serve some extra on the side (just toast the extra it in a skillet instead of the oven).

You’ll love this holiday side dish – it has no canned soup but the sauce is so fast and easy to make that I promise you won’t mind. It comes together super fast and has a more sophisticated flavor thanks to the creamy blue cheese sauce – perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime!

{Update: A reader commented on Facebook that this recipe would be fantastic with goat cheese, too. I have to agree!}

The Easy Green Bean Casserole with Blue Cheese is creamy and full of flavor with a crunchy topping made with panko breadcrumbs and french fried onions. So easy and good!!

Easy Green Bean Casserole with Blue Cheese

Yield: 0

If your blue cheese is very strong, start by adding a lesser amount then adding more to taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 cans green beans, drained very well
  • 1 cup french fried onions, chopped
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Drain green beans in a colander. Allow to drain thoroughly.
  3. Heat EVOO in a large skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook one minute more. Add 1/4 cup butter to pan, melt and stir into onions. Sprinkle flour over butter mixture, stir and cook flour for another 1-2 minutes. Slowly stir in heavy cream. Bring to a simmer, add blue cheese and turn off heat. Stir until blue cheese is incorporated (small pieces are okay). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Gently add green beans to skillet and mix until well-coated. Pour mixture into a baking dish.
  5. In a small bowl, melt remaining butter in microwave. Add chopped french fried onions and breadcrumbs, mix thoroughly. Sprinkle mixture over casserole.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until hot and bubbly and topping is nicely browned. Serve immediately.
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