Applegate sent me bacon to use in my green bean casserole. All content and opinions are my own.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is all of the wonderful food! Food has the ability to bring back memories and bring people together. There are two issues with holiday food for me though, I have food allergies and I like to eat more natural food. Many traditional dishes use not so great ingredients and some contain things I can no longer eat due to allergies.
One of the dishes that has both of these issues for me is green bean casserole. I’m allergic to mushrooms, plus over the years I’ve tried to start eating a more natural diet. The canned soup normally found in the casserole is of course cream of mushroom soup. Canned food normally contains BPA which is linked to many health concerns. Plus have you read the ingredients lately? They aren’t so great.
My mom also has a mushroom allergy and tries to avoid un-natural ingredients. Several years ago she started making her own version of the traditional green bean casserole. She uses an alfredo type sauce, cheese and caramelized onions. It’s delicious and been apart of our holiday meals for many years now.
Since I’ve been married, I have been cooking holiday meals for my husband, myself and my in-laws. Now I make my own version of green bean casserole, very similar to my mom’s. My whole family loves this dish and other than dessert it’s my husband’s favorite part of the meal. My father in-law is a big fan as well, even though I think he was skeptical at first.
One thing that I add to my version of green bean casserole is bacon. It adds a really nice flavor and texture to the dish. Since I do avoid nitrates and try to find better sources of any animal products I use, I choose Applegate bacon. It’s uncured and they use more humane sources for their products.
I’ve yet to find someone that doesn’t like this version more than the original. It’s also very simple to make. Once you make it plan on making it every year! I know my house would be highly disappointed if it wasn’t on the table for every holiday meal.
- 16 oz Frozen French Cut Green Beans (any green beans are fine but these are best)
- 1 cup Alfredo Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Cream Cheese
- 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 package of Applegate Bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Steam green beans until tender.
- While green beans are steaming make the alfredo sauce.
- Add cream cheese to alfredo sauce, stir until well blended.
- When green beans are done put them in a greased 8 inch baking dish.
- Pour alfredo sauce over green beans and mix them together.
- Top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.
- Bake until hot and bubbly.
It can go in just about any temperature oven, when you are cooking other items. When baking alone bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
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