Bacon-Topped Green Bean Casserole

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This green bean casserole recipe is garnished with everyone's favorite topping: bacon! Serve your Thanksgiving turkey with a scoop of green bean casserole with bacon and a pile of mashed potatoes for the perfect holiday meal.

Bacon-Topped Green Bean Casserole
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • ½ ounce dried wild mushrooms, such as morel, chantarelle, oyster, and/or porcini mushrooms

  • 7 - 8 slices bacon (8 ounces), cut into small pieces

  • 12 ounce cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2 cup half-and-half or light cream

  • 2 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In an extra-large skillet cook beans in boiling lightly salted water about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain again; set aside. Meanwhile, in a small bowl pour the 1 cup boiling water over the dried mushrooms. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.

  2. In the same extra-large skillet cook bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a small bowl lined with a paper towel; crumble bacon. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings in skillet; discard the remaining drippings. Cook cremini mushrooms in the reserved drippings over medium-high heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in green beans.

  3. Meanwhile, use a fork to remove the dried mushrooms from the water (do not discard liquid). Chop the mushrooms; add to green bean mixture.

  4. For sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in all but about 2 tablespoons of the mushroom liquid (discard the liquid at the bottom of the bowl, which may be gritty). Stir in half-and-half. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in rosemary, salt, and pepper. (To serve today, omit Step 5 and continue as directed in Step 6.)

  5. Transfer crumbled bacon, green bean mixture, and sauce to separate airtight containers. Cover; chill for up to 24 hours.

  6. Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir the sauce into the bean mixture. Spoon into a 2-quart square baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly. Top with bacon. Bake for 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
24g Fat
14g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 1045mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 630mg 13%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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