Thanksgiving's traditional foods include all the usual suspects: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls.
But one dish that doesn't get quite as much fanfare (and we're not really sure why) is good 'ole green bean casserole.
That's especially the case in Colorado, where green bean casserole was the most-Googled Thanksgiving recipe, according to November 2017 Google Trends data.
The cheesy, flavorful, green dish has certainly been a staple in my family's household since before I can remember.
And in the spirit of giving back, I'm sharing the recipe for you to impress with at your gathering this year.
Green Bean Casserole with Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 large bag (22-24 ounces) whole green beans
- 2 plum tomatoes, diced
- 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (fresh, if possible)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup buttered crumbs or slightly crumbled French fried onions
- Butter an 11x7-inch baking dish. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cook the green beans in a small amount of water until just tender. Drain and arrange in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the diced tomatoes and shredded cheese. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add onion and saute until tender.
- Stir in flour until well combined.
- Add the salt, pepper, cream and sour cream.
- Heat thoroughly, stirring constantly.
- Spread the cream mixture over the green beans and then sprinkle the bread crumbs or French fried onions over it all.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes.