Green Bean Casserole with Fried Sweet Onions

 

Who doesn't love this holiday classic? Our version uses fresh green beans, a cheesy cream sauce, and topped with fried RealSweet® onions. You've never tasted a Green Bean Casserole quite like it! 

This recipe was created by our RealSweet ambassador, Chef Shannen Tune and photographed by our friend Tracy Shaw from Food, Wine & Sunshine. Before you start, Tracy recommends you blanch the green beans so you are ready to assemble the dish.

Ingredients

For fried onion topping:

  • 1 RealSweet sweet onion, sliced
  • buttermilk
  • all-purpose flour, seasoned to your liking

For casserole:

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, blanched
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 RealSweet sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped thyme
  • 2 cups shredded Fontina cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions

For fried onion topping:

1. Cut one RealSweet sweet onion into slices.

2. Soak slices in buttermilk and coat in seasoned flour.

3. Fry to desired crispiness.

 

For casserole: 

1. Melt butter in sauté pan. Add chopped onion, garlic, and thyme. 

 

2. Once the onions have started to sweat out a little, add 2 Tbsp. of flour to make the roux, followed by 2 cups of heavy cream. Cook until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Once sauce thickens, add the cheddar and fontina cheeses. Cook for another 10 minutes to allow the flour flavor to cook out of the sauce. 

4. Add sauce to blanched green beans, mix well, and transfer mixture to a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top with parmesan cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until cheese is brown and bubbly. 

5. Top casserole with fried sweet onions and enjoy! 

 

Watch Chef Tune create this casserole below:

Prep Time

30

Cook Time

45

Yield

8

Tags: Vegetarian | Dinner | Lunch