Holiday Garlic-Lemon Green Beans With Bread Crumbs

"This is one of my adopted recipes. Made these last week and all I can say is EXCELLENT. Easy to make and is just busting with flavor. I highly recommend making the bread crumbs as written. They are wonderful. My cooking time was a little different, but we like our beans a little more done than most. Thanks to the Original Author of this great recipe."
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  • Process bread in a food processor to produce even, fine crumbs.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter in large non stick skillet over medium high heat, when melted, add bread crumbs and cook, stirring frequently until golden, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and cheese. Set aside.
  • Wipe out skillet and add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until garlic is golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in flour, red pepper flakes and thyme, then toss in green beans.
  • Add chicken broth and increase heat to medium high, cover and cook until the beans are partly tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Uncover and cook stirring occasionally until beans are tender and sauce has thicken slightly, about 4 minutes.
  • Off heat, stir in lemon juice and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs.

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  1. Karen Elizabeth
    Enjoyed this very much, easily prepared (in fact my daughter made them while I was busy with the mushroom risotto that was our main dish). Our sauce was quite thick and we used garlic and herb stock rather than chicken stock. Really really nice and definitely making it again! Thank you Nimz! Made for PRMR tag game.
  2. PJam9910
    My, family and I love this green bean recipe. When I first made them I liked them so much I made them like 4 days in a row!
  3. Sydney Mike
    I~LOVE~YOUR~BEANS! Well, they weren't exactly YOUR beans, but the recipe is & I'm with the other reviewers in saying that this bean dish beats other bean casseroles every which way! I did my usual thing & substituted good ol' lemon pepper for the S&P, but other than that, the recipe was followed & the outcome was WONDERFUL! Thanks for a great keeper! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Zaar Stars recipe tag]
  4. Sherri at the Beach
    This was a really good alternative to traditional casserole. Maybe I did something wrong but the sauce for the beans came off kind of bland. The toasted bread crumbs(I used Progresso Panko Italian) were a great addition. I think next time I will omit the flour and stick with butter, seasonsings, cheese and crumbs. Thanks for the inspiration.
  5. diner524
    Delicious green beans!!! I didn't wait for the holiday, made these last night to serve along with meatloaf and a potato casserole. My two kids won't eat the "normal" green bean casserole, so this is an awesome dish that they both ate with no complaints. I just loved the crispy buttery topping!!! Thanks Nimz for sharing. Made for PRMR.


  1. lauralie41
    Wonderful green bean recipe, thank you Nimz! I used a can of plain bread crumbs and ran out of parmesan cheese for the topping but it was still very tasty. Instead of fresh green beans I used a 29 oz can of cut green beans. Made the sauce with the butter, garlic, flour, and red pepper. Slowly added the chicken broth to get a thicker sauce, added the green beans, the chicken broth and simmered covered for about 4 minutes and than uncovered to get my sauce to thicken completely. The lemon juice is a nice flavor to add and the topping is so good. These green beans will be replacing the traditional green bean casserole we always have on Thanksgiving! Thanks again Cathy!


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