When I make this special-occasion veggie dish, I am ALWAYS asked for the recipe. Fresh steamed green beans provide a contrast to decadent melted Swiss cheese and crunchy topping. A family holiday favorite throughout my extended family. You can prepare ahead of time, leaving 4 to 5 minutes to steam the green beans and add other ingredients. Put into oven right before serving dinner (we usually put it in while carving the turkey).

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 8 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and steam until slightly tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir 2 tablespoons butter, flour, onion, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan over medium heat; gradually stir in sour cream. Cook and stir mixture until hot, thickened, and smooth, about 10 minutes. Add steamed green beans to the cream mixture. Pour green bean-cream mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish; sprinkle with Swiss cheese.

  • Mix corn flakes and 2 tablespoons butter in a bowl until well coated; sprinkle over Swiss cheese layer.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is bubbling and topping is browned, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 18.4g; fat 25.9g; cholesterol 66.6mg; sodium 472.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2014
I wanted to add a couple of things. This recipe was related to me over 20 years ago by a friend I met when we were both VERY pregnant with our first children in a childbirth class (Hi Nancy!). One day while on a walk with our new babies we started talking about holiday meals and decided to share our favorite recipes. I don't remember what I offered up but I'm sure I got the better end of that deal. Those babies are all grown up now but my family still looks forward to this casserole every holiday (and sometimes just because I couldn't resist some nice-looking green beans at the market). Doubtless this recipe had been around for a long time before I knew about it yet I wanted to share it as it had been shared with me. Next blanching the beans will result in a crisper bean. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2014
I wanted to add a couple of things. This recipe was related to me over 20 years ago by a friend I met when we were both VERY pregnant with our first children in a childbirth class (Hi Nancy!). One day while on a walk with our new babies we started talking about holiday meals and decided to share our favorite recipes. I don't remember what I offered up but I'm sure I got the better end of that deal. Those babies are all grown up now but my family still looks forward to this casserole every holiday (and sometimes just because I couldn't resist some nice-looking green beans at the market). Doubtless this recipe had been around for a long time before I knew about it yet I wanted to share it as it had been shared with me. Next blanching the beans will result in a crisper bean. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2013
My mother makes this recipe for holidays and my boyfriend and I just can't get enough of it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2013
This is a wonderful recipe! I have been making for the holidays every year for about 30 years my Aunt gave me this recipe she got it from a friend in the late 40's so it's been around a while!!! I always add a little more sugar to it and extra cheese. It always turns out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2018
I'll definitely make this again and again. I used crispy onions instead of corn flakes. They wasn't any left for leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2017
This is my families favorite. My father found this recipe in the road when he was alive and it s been a family favorite ever since! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2018
We thought it was really good! I've been making this since I was in High School (I'll soon be 70!) but the sour cream was a new addition. I love how the beans stay "meaty". Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2017
I made this the 1st time a few years ago when searching for different type of green bean casserole. I was so over the fried onions cream of mushroom stuff. Let me say this recipe did not disappoint! It's incredibly cheesy and SO tasteful!! A huge hit!! I made it exactly how the recipe calls which is unusual for this place. It's superb even my 6 kids loved it. I am making this for Christmas dinner again. A true staple in our southern home. Thank you for posting it! Read More
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