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Green Bean Casserole

In a post about using leftover beef (here) I mentioned the versatility of sour cream, and how it can flavor up many different things.  This green bean recipe is one of those things, and actually changes a stand-by side dish into something totally and wonderfully different.  And it is so easy you’ll wonder how something so simple to put together can taste SO good!

Our family serves this at get-togethers and holiday functions, and there is never any left when everybody goes home.  My aunt Ann started bringing this dish to family dinners years ago and we have never gotten tired of it.

Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

  • 5-6 cans green beans — the same amount of frozen green beans cooked until tender can be used
  • 8oz carton onion sour cream dip, OR 8oz carton sour cream with 1 tsp onion powder added
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Drain green beans thoroughly

Place green beans in a 9×13 baking dish.

Green Beans

Add onion dip or sour cream/onion powder mixture and thoroughly stir into green beans until well mixed.

Green Beans and Sour Cream

Spread green bean and dip mixture evenly in bottom of baking dish.

Green Bean Casserole

Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over top of green bean mixture.

Green Bean Casserole

Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top of casserole.  More bread crumbs can be added if desired.

Green Bean Casserole

Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, removing foil for last ten minutes.  I baked mine without foil for the whole time because my family tends to like the extra hard top, but not everybody does.

Green Bean Casserole

The grade of cheese that is used can also make as big a difference as the foil as far as meltability goes.  I used a lesser grade of cheddar cheese (a harder type of cheese) and some of it didn’t melt the way I like it to.  I told my family it looks like worms died all over the top of the casserole and that I was doing it differently next time.  Although it still tasted fantastic, and much of the cheese melted into oozy wonderfulness into the casserole, I wouldn’t be crazy about serving a casserole to company again looking like this.

Do try this switch-up of an old classic (I know you’ll like it!) and tell us how yours turns out!  

Green Bean Casserole