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Fancy French Beans

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


6-8 servings

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."


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 190 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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