© Phoebe Lapine
Active Time
15 MIN
Total Time
35 MIN
Serves : 4

Taking a little extra time to slowly brown the shallots adds a lot of extra flavor to this green bean dish. This recipe also works well with caramelized onions if you have even more time to spare. Slideshow: More Satisfying Casseroles

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the beans until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Step 2    

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the butter. Sauté the shallots over medium-high heat until golden brown and caramelized, about 8 minutes.

Step 3    

Sprinkle the flour over the shallots and cook for 1 minute, until incorporated. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with the nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add the beans and toss to coast.

Step 4    

Transfer the mixture to a 3-quart ceramic baking dish and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top. Bake for 15 minutes, until heated through and the top is lightly golden brown.

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