Green Bean Gratin with Goat Cheese

We all love traditional green bean casserole, with the crunchy french fried onions on top, but this is a nice alternative if you are looking for something a little different.  You could also make this in individual ramekins if you’re looking to really impress your guests!

 

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Green Bean Gratin with Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup pecans finely chopped
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 2 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Mix bread crumbs, olive oil, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.  Stir in pecans.

  2. Trim green beans and cut into about 2-3 inch pieces. Cook in boiling water about 3 minutes then drain.  Quickly dunk into ice water to stop cooking and dry off the beans.

  3. Mix together beans, goat cheese, milk, salt, pepper, and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. 

  4. Firmly pack mixture into baking dish (don't add the topping yet). Cover with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 8 more minutes or until golden. Let it cool about 5 minutes, then enjoy!

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