Green Bean Casserole

8 servings
40 min prep time
1 hr 10 min total time

This classic favorite gets an update with a flavorful crème fraîche sauce before being topped with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs, toasted almonds and fresh goat cheese.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons Vermont Creamery Unsalted Cultured Butter - 86% Butterfat

2 tablespoons flour

2 cups whole milk

½ cup Vermont Creamery Crème Fraîche

1 tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

4 cups fresh green beans

¼ cup almonds, finely chopped

½ cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

¼ cup Vermont Creamery Unsalted Cultured Butter - 86% Butterfat

½ cup Vermont Creamery Classic Goat Cheese Crumbles

Directions

  • STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 375° F.

  • STEP 2

    Start by blanching the green beans. Quickly cook the green beans in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain and plunge the beans in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Place the beans in a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Set aside.

  • STEP 3

    Next move onto making the cream sauce for the casserole. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, lightly toast the flour for 2-3 minutes, which helps cook off some of the flour flavor. Add in the 3 tablespoons of butter and gently whisk to combine into a thick paste. 

  • STEP 4

    Pour in the milk and whisk regularly until the milk thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 10-15 minutes. Once thickened, add in the crème fraîche, salt and black pepper. Pour the crème fraîche mixture over the green beans and stir to combine.

  • STEP 5

    In a small frying pan over medium heat, toast the almonds until fragrant and lightly brown. Pour the toasted almonds into a small bowl and set aside. In the warm frying pan, melt ¼ cups of butter and pour over the toasted almonds. To this add the breadcrumbs and chopped parsley and stir well.

  • STEP 6

    Top with the almond breadcrumb mix and bake for 25-30 minutes until warmed through and lightly browned on top.

  • STEP 7

    Optional: Sprinkle ½ cup of crumbled goat cheese over the breadcrumb mixture before baking for a rich and tangy addition.