This was the best green bean casserole! I usually skip making or eating this during the holidays, but i had to try this one. The buttermilk, gouda, and ham hock are great together- smokey and tangy! And prep wasn't that difficult. I started it the night before and in the morning mixed it together and stuck it in the fridge until I was ready to heat it. I will admit, I used canned green beans. I couldn't find any decent fresh green beans. But this is a winner, I'll probably make it every year.