Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Shallots

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 

Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Shallots
Photo: © Phoebe Lapine
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 1/2 pound green beans, ends trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 large shallots, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Sea salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs


  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.

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

  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.

  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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