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Shepherd's Bean Pie

 Shepherd's Bean Pie
This comforting casserole is a variation on the traditional English pie. It is chock-full of fresh green and wax beans, carrots, cubed ham and a handful of crunchy almonds in a creamy Swiss cheese sauce. Topped with mashed potatoes, it makes a hearty side dish. -Karen Cleveland, Spring Valley, Minnesota
12-15 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 pounds fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1-1/4 pounds fresh wax beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch julienned strips
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3-1/4 teaspoons dill weed, divided
  • 6 ounces cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 7 cups hot mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)

Directions

  • Place beans and carrots in a large saucepan and cover with water;
  • bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until
  • crisp-tender; drain and set aside. In a small skillet, saute onion
  • in butter for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the soup, cream, broth and 3 teaspoons of
  • dill. Add the beans, carrots and onion; gently stir to coat.
  • Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Top with the ham, 1
  • cup cheese and almonds. Spread mashed potatoes over the top.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with

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Shepherd's Bean Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • remaining cheese and dill. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated
  • through and the cheese is melted. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 250 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 662 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 10 g protein.