Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
This is the best green bean dish I have ever had! The mixture of onion, bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, and cheese blends so nicely with the green beans. I got the recipe from an friend's mother over 20 years ago and she got the recipe from her mother who had a local cooking show in the southwest Louisana/ southeast Texas area. You can taste the southern Creole influence in this dish. You won't be disappointed!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Fry bacon until crisp and set aside. Saute onion, celery, and bell pepper in bacon drippings until transparent.
- Transfer onion mixture to a medium sauce pan and add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and sugar. Cook, covered over low heat for 1 hour. (yes--1 hour!).
- Add cheese to sauce mixture and stir until melted.
- Place green beans in casserole dish, crumble bacon over beans, and pour sauce over top.
- Bake, uncovered for 1 hour.
This was a great way to eat up the green beans in the freezer! I did add a bit of garlic..I like garlic. My DH sprinkled some hot pepper flakes on his serving and gave it a thumbs up. thanks.
I took a chance and made this dish for the first time for a dinner party. The guests ranged from a little picky to more adventurous when it comes to food, but we all agreed that this was a winner. I really love the cheesy, creamy sauce with a kick, and the bacon adds a nice flavor. Definitely a great alternative to the standard green bean casserole with cream of mushroom that everyone brings to pitch-ins around here. Next time I need to bring a dish, I know what I'm making! Made for PAC Spring 2010.
This dish has a bold flavor. You need to have 2 or 3 bites to decide if it is what you will enjoy. It went well with our pork dinner.