18 Nov Green Bean Goat Cheese Gratin
2 white bread slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup (3 oz.) freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1 pound fresh haricots verts (tiny green beans), trimmed
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Tear bread into large pieces; pulse in a food processor 2 or 3 times or until coarse crumbs form. Drizzle oil over crumbs; add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Pulse 5 or 6 times or until coated with oil. Stir in pecans.
2. Cut green beans crosswise into thirds. Cook in boiling water to cover 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and pat dry with paper towels.
3. Toss together beans, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Firmly pack mixture into 4 (6-oz.) shallow ramekins. Cover each with aluminum foil, and place on a baking sheet.
4. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 8 more minutes or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes.
Brought to the table by cookbook author Tasia Malakasis, owner of Belle Chèvre creamery in Elkmont, Alabama.