Green Bean and Wisconsin Gruyere Casserole with Spicy Onion Rings
Serving Size: Serves 8
5 Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup flour, divided
2 1/4 cups (2 percent reduced fat) milk, divided
2 cups Wisconsin Gruyere Cheese, shredded, divided
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed, left whole and steamed or precooked for 5 minutes
1 yellow onion, sliced into thin rings
1/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Adapted From: eatwisconsincheese.com
Not your Grandmother’s Green Bean Casserole!
Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and mushrooms are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes; transfer to a small bowl and return saucepan to heat.
Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in pot over medium heat. Whisk in 1/4 cup flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in 2 cups milk until smooth then cook, stirring often, until silky and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 cups Gruyere a handful at a time, gently stirring until melted; season generously with salt and pepper and set aside.
In large bowl, toss together green beans, mushrooms and Gruyere sauce then transfer to a 9×13-inch casserole dish and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Gruyere Cheese over the top; set aside.
Mix 1/4 cup flour, breadcrumbs, cayenne and salt to taste in small bowl. In a large bowl, toss onions with remaining 1/4 cup milk then add breadcrumb mixture. Toss gently to coat. Scatter onions over green beans (along with any bread crumbs that didn't stick) and bake until golden brown and casserole is bubbly, about 40 minutes. Let casserole stand 10 minutes before serving.