Cooktop Cove: How to make low-carb green bean casserole
By Matt Jenner
Who doesn't love green bean casserole? The creamy, crunchy and savory flavors of the popular side dish, with those French-fried crispy onions, is always a hit with kids and adults alike! This low-carb version is nearly identical to the traditional casserole you love, but with fewer carb-laden ingredients like cream of mushroom soup, so you don't have to feel as guilty after indulging.
The recipe below would be a delicious addition to any holiday dinner or large get-together, either formal or informal. Apart from being low-carb, this recipe is also totally vegetarian and ideal for anyone following a keto diet. While there are benefits to eating a dish like this, keep in mind that this is a high-fat recipe, so people who are counting calories can look for the low-fat or low-cal versions of these ingredients.
Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole
4-6
10 mins
20 mins
35 mins
2 cups green beans, cut
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons French fried, dried onions
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 ounces shredded mild cheddar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a saucepan, cook the green beans by boiling or using a double boiler to steam them until al dente texture, about 5-7 minutes. Drain and pat the green beans dry to remove all moisture.
In another saucepan, heat the cream cheese and heavy cream over medium heat, whisking them together until the cream cheese has fully melted.
Add the French fried onions and soy sauce to the mixture, and stir to combine. Stir until the sauce is consistent and can coat the back of a spoon.
Add the par-cooked green beans into the saucepan, and toss in the sauce to fully coat, stirring frequently. Allow sauce to cling to the green beans, and leave to simmer for 5 more minutes.
Taste for seasoning, and adjust with salt and pepper.
Pour the green beans into a greased baking dish, flattening out the top as much as possible. Sprinkle cheddar cheese across the entire top of the dish.
Place the baking dish under a broiler until the cheese melts and turns golden and bubbly.
Remove from the broiler, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with more dried onions on top (optional), and serve in the baking dish.
Pro-tip: Remember to completely dry off the green beans before cooking. Any liquid on them will make the sauce loose and runny.
Pro-tip: You can also portion out individual servings by broiling the green beans in mini casserole dishes.
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