This Creole smothered green beans casserole is the one you’ll always see on our holiday table. It’s simply green beans straight out of a can, but it’s uncanny how these green beans–sautéed up in smoky bacon grease, smothered down in spicy andouille, and spiked with Cajun seasonings–will bring “thanks” to your Thanksgiving table.
This Creole Smothered Green Beans side dish is down-home fare often seen on a meat-and-three plate most anywhere in Acadiana. In fact, it was a Creole cook at a steamtable lunchroom in rural Evangeline Parish that spilled the beans on the list of ingredients in this casserole combination. You might think that fresh green beans would enhance this recipe, but I promise you it won’t. Using canned green beans (I like the Margaret Holmes brand) has both taste and texture that define this dish. But there is one essential step: you must drain off all the canning liquid.
So why agonize over Thanksgiving dinner and belabor what could be a simple process? The answer: green beans out of a can. It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s inexpensive. It’s Creole Smothered Green Beans.
- 8 strips smoked bacon, chopped
- 1 cup loosely packed sliced andouille sausage or smoked pork sausage
- ½ cup diced yellow onion
- ¼ cup diced celery
- 2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ cup vegetable stock or chicken stock
- 1 (28-ounce) can cut Italian green beans, drained
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- In a heavy skillet over medium heat, add the bacon and fry until browned and crisp. Remove the bacon pieces and drain on paper towel.
- In the same skillet, add the andouille, onion, celery, and red bell pepper to the remaining grease, and cook until the sausage browns on both sides. Sprinkle the flour over the pan and stir it into the remaining grease to make a roux. Stir the flour until it begins to turn a beige color. Add the stock, stir until it thickens, and add the green beans. Stir to combine and season with white pepper, granulated garlic, black pepper, and salt. Stir in the heavy cream and combine. Lower the heat and let simmer and thicken for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep warm.
- Just before serving, sprinkle the top of the green beans with the crisp bacon pieces.
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