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Green Bean and Wisconsin Gruyère
Casserole with Spicy Onion Rings


Green Bean and Wisconsin Gruyere Casserole

Ingredients

  • 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 Gruyère 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

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in pot over medium heat.
  4. Whisk in 1/4 cup flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute.
  5. Whisk in 2 cups milk until smooth then cook, stirring often, until silky and thickened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 cups Gruyère a handful at a time, gently stirring until melted; season generously with salt and pepper and set aside.
  7. In large bowl, toss together green beans, mushrooms and Gruyère sauce then transfer to a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Gruyère Cheese over the top; set aside.
  8. Mix 1/4 cup flour, bread crumbs, cayenne and salt to taste in small bowl.
  9. In large bowl, toss onions with remaining 1/4 cup milk then add bread crumb mixture. Toss gently to coat.
  10. 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.
  11. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Servings: 8

* Wisconsin Fontina, Swiss or another Alpine style Cheese may be substituted.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin