Green Bean and Almond Au Gratin

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Prep Time: 10 Min

Total Time: 25 Min

Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/2 a medium onion, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 tsp. flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds Cereal
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease 9-inch square baking dish with butter; set aside. Add beans to saucepan of lightly salted boiling water; cook 2 to 3 min. or until beans are bright green and crisp-tender. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  2. Cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 2 Tbsp. of the bacon drippings in skillet. Place bacon on paper towels to drain. Add onions to bacon drippings in skillet; cook and stir 3 min. or until onions are tender. Reduce heat to low. Add flour; stir until mixture forms a thick paste. Gradually add milk, stirring until well blended. Continue to cook until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove skillet from heat. Add cheese; stir until melted. Season with salt, nutmeg and pepper.
  3. Place beans in prepared baking dish; cover with the cheese sauce. Crumble bacon; sprinkle over cheese sauce. Top with the cereal and almonds. Bake 15 min. or until top is golden brown and sauce is hot and bubbly.

Tips and Suggestions

Serving Suggestion: Enjoy this vegetable side dish with 3 oz. of your favorite grilled lean meat, fish or poultry.

Substitute: Prepare as directed, using shredded cheddar cheese.

Special Extra: Stir 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard into cheese sauce along with the seasonings.

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