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Side Dishes

Creamy Green Bean and Leek Bake

We added pimientos for a kick of heat and a pop of color, but sun-dried tomatoes will work too.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

15 min.

Total Time:

1 hr.


  • 4 leeks, thoroughly rinsed and sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • 4 Tbs. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1 (4 oz.) jar sliced pimientos, drained
  • 2 lbs. green beans, trimmed
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In skillet over medium heat, cook leeks and garlic in butter 5 min. or until starting to soften. Whisk in flour; cook 2 min. Add milk; let simmer 2 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Add pimientos and green beans to cheese mixture; stir to coat. Pour into greased 2 qt. casserole dish; sprinkle with bread crumbs. Cover dish with foil. Bake 40 min. or until bubbly and golden brown, removing foil during last 10 min. of baking.

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