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Green Beans Au Gratin

Source:  Southern Living 1980 Annual Recipes, page 116.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans or 2 cans green beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cups swiss cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated
  • Paprika
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • or canned onion rings as topping

Instructions

  • Remove strings from green beans; cut beans into 1 1/2 inch pieces, and wash thoroughly.  Cook beans, covered, in lightly salted water until tender (about 20 to 25 minutes); drain and set aside.  Or open 2 cans of green beans, drain and set aside.
  • Melt butter in saucepan and add flour to make a blond roux. Add seasoning. Gradually add milk and stir with a whisk while cooking over low heat until thickened. Add cheeses and stir.
  • Combine green beans and sauce and blend well. Pour into a greased baking dish and top with almonds or onion rings and garnish with paprika.
  • Place in a 350 degree oven and bake until bubbly.