nicholas hopkins

BBQ'd Cheesy Green Beans

This is a deliciously quick side dish that never fails to please. Ever. Really. Well, if it did fail to please, no one ever told me. The BBQ part of this is optional. However if you're going to skip that, you should be prepared to pop this dish under the handy-dandy broiler in your oven for a few minutes at the end.

Shopping list:

  • Two fat cans of French Style Green  Beans
  • Freeze dried, minced onions
  • A bit of Olive Oil
  • A couple of garlic cloves
  • Garlic Salt
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Shallow pan suitable for the BBQ (or handy-dandy broiler)
  • BBQ (again, or handy-dandy broiler)
  • Smoking Chips (Do I really have to say that you can't use these in your handy-dandy broiler?)

Musical Selection 

This recipe calls for The Monkees. While their first album is a classic, their later stuff is excellent as well, including the album they released just last year. So put on some Monkees and rock out, though of course you do have to sing along with each and every song. If you don't know the lyrics, just make them up as you go. I do it all the time, though generally only when I have the house to myself.

The Recipe

Prep your pan by just giving it a light coating of olive oil. After that it's really pretty simple. In a separate bowl (or not - you could certainly do all of the mixing right in the pan, eliminating a bowl that needs washing. However, I prefer to do my mixing on the side. Especially since the rule at our house is: Whoever cooks doesn't have to do the dishes. So, wherever you please, combine the two drained cans of beans with a good coating of freeze dried onions. Cover the surface of the beans, but don't bury them. Mash a couple of garlic cloves and toss them in. Dust the surface with a light coating of garlic salt. Add a fairly healthy layer of shredded cheddar cheese and a light layer of parmesan. Mix it all up very dang thoroughly. Dump it in the pan (or just let it sit, if you mixed it in said pan.)

Once it's firmly established in the pan, dust the surface with a very light layer of shredded cheddar, followed by a dusting of parmesan. The pre-oven look should look somewhat as shown in the web-ready picture.

So, now it's ready to pop in the BBQ, or the oven. If you're using the BBQ, use indirect heat and some smoking chips and let it cook for maybe 30-ish minutes. It depends on the heat of your BBQ, so keep a close eye on it. 

If you don't have access to a BBQ, don't worry about the smoking chips. Really. Pop it in the oven at 350-ish for 30 minutes. Then turn on the broiler and brown the top if it isn't already.

When you're done, it should look like the golden brown delight shown here.


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