Fancy name, not so fancy casserole. So I promised y'all last week that I'd blog one more family recipe for Thanksgiving, and this dish is my ultimate Holiday favorite. It's such a big deal in our family, my Mom makes it for Easter, Christmas & Thanksgiving. It's literally the holy trinity of Holiday food.
In case you're not familiar, haricot verts is French for slender green beans. It also typically infers that the green beans are fresh, rather than canned or frozen. And it's a distinction from the popular casserole made with cream of mushroom soup & crispy onions. I confess I've never tasted the soup casserole. My Mom's was just too good to ever consider making the other one. I mean, you can't go wrong with a dish that's rich & creamy and made with melted cheese, butter, and sour cream, right?
- 2 lbs fresh slim green beans or 2 lg cans french-style green beans
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 6 TB butter
- 2 TB flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 sleeve crushed Ritz crackers
- Cook the green beans with a drop of oil & salt for flavor. Drain well.
- On low heat, start making your roux by heating up 3 TB butter, flour, salt & pepper, sugar and onion. While stirring, heat just enough to cook the flour.
- Add the sour cream, stirring over low heat, and then add the cheese bit by bit, melting as you go.
- In a buttered casserole dish, first layer the green beans. Then layer the cheesy, sour cream sauce. And next, the crushed Ritz crackers. Finally top it with 3 TB melted butter.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes until golden & bubbly, and serve.
Two things: Don't use the packaged shredded cheese. Take 2 minutes & grate a block - you'll thank me later. Secondly, you can make this casserole the night before serving. Just pop it in the fridge after step 4. The next day bake it on the same temp, but add 10 more minutes on your timer. It's that simple and utterly divine. Now, if you're a fan of the other casserole with soup & crispy onions, give my Mom's a shot and tell me which you prefer. I'll wager my mortgage you'll fall in love with ours.
So what are some of your favorite family Thanksgiving recipes? And what's on your menu this Thursday? Wherever you're traveling for the Holiday, the Garner household wishes you safe travels, wonderful new family memories, and fantastic food! Most importantly, we wish you God's most abundant blessings this Thanksgiving and always.
Mangia Mangia y'all!