Great green beans: Updated takes on the classic casserole — and more

Green bean casserole in cups
Let’s Dish Recipes
By Jolène M. Bouchon
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Green bean casserole might not have the historic pedigree of other Thanksgiving dishes, but it’s been a holiday staple since Dorcas Reilly developed the recipe for Campbell’s in 1955. It’s a dish that’s made its mark: Even folks who don’t like the classic casserole tend to serve green beans on Turkey Day.   

Whether you crave the flavor of green beans baked in a creamy mushroom sauce, topped with crisped onions, or you prefer your green beans a little more free form, we’ve got a recipe for you, from elevated takes on the traditional casserole to vegan and even portable versions.

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Cheesy green bean casserole with bacon: How do you improve upon a classic? Add bacon. And cheese. This recipe also updates the traditional green bean casserole by omitting the mushrooms and canned soup, while retaining the creamy base and French’s fried onions. Best of all, you can assemble it ahead and refrigerate for up to two days.

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Green bean casserole bites: Everything’s better when it comes in a cute little cup. This recipe takes classic green bean casserole ingredients and bakes them in a phyllo shell. Serve the cups as a side dish or an appetizer — either way, your guests will gobble them up. 

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Brown sugar and bacon green beans: If you prefer to forego the casserole, but still want to serve green beans with your Thanksgiving feast, try this salty-sweet recipe. It’s just rich and decadent enough to be celebration worthy. 

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Sautéed French green beans with toasted almonds: This slightly lighter take on green beans features a bit of balsamic vinegar tang and the textural crunch of toasty almonds. It’s vegetarian-friendly, too. 

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Vegan green bean casserole: Vegan, vegetarian and meat-eating guests alike will be vying over this green bean casserole. It’s also gluten- and grain-free and paleo friendly. It’s still creamy, thanks to a savory raw cashew base, plus it’s got the mushrooms and crisped onions you love. Everyone wins!