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Fancy French Beans Recipe

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When she's entertaining, June Mullins of Livonia, Missouri often serves this popular side dish. "Water chestnuts, bean sprouts and almonds add crunch," she says. "If you'd like the mixture a little creamier, use only 4 teaspoons of flour."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen French-style green beans
  • 1 cup canned bean sprouts
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 190 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook beans according to package directions. Add bean sprouts and water chestnuts; heat through. Drain well and set aside. In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and cayenne until smooth. Gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add Worcestershire sauce and bean mixture; toss to coat. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Combine almonds and cheese; sprinkle over the top. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until almonds are golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Fancy French Beans in Taste of Home August/September 2000, p18

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 190 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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