Smoky Green Beans


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For those of us that love the classic holiday green bean casserole topped with crunchy fried onion rings, this recipe comes close for me.  The smoked Gouda does give it a rich, twist, though.  This is a modification of Dana Carpender’s cauliflower recipe in 500 Low-Carb Recipes. But quite by accident, I discovered it is also a great way to do green beans!    You could even add some mushrooms and pre-toast some thinly sliced onions in a very hot oven and sprinkle those on top to make it even more similar to the classic holiday favorite.  If you top with onions, be sure to add that to the nutritional numbers below and I did not put the onions on top.  If doing this with cauliflower, cook 1 large head and mash slightly with a fork.  Increase cream cheese to 6 oz. and smoked Gouda to 4 oz.   Recalculate nutritional info if you use cauliflower.  Induction friendly.

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1 lb. frozen or fresh green beans

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash paprika

DIRECTIONS:  Cook beans until tender crisp.  Drain.  Stir in softened cream cheese and black pepper.  Grease glass casserole dish and spoon half the bean mixture in.  Sprinkle with half the grated smoked Gouda.  Spoon remaining green beans into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese.   Sprinkle with paprika.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:

186.8 calories

14.0 g  fat

9.68 g  carbs, 3.18 g fiber, 6.5 g  NET CARBS

7.73 g  protein

203 mg  sodium

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