Thanksgiving Green Beans

No disrespect to the from-a-can casserole many of us grew up on, but we like to prepare our green beans in a way that highlights their flavor rather than covering it up. Try cryo-blanching them to preserve their crunch, braising them until tender, sautéing them with mushrooms and onions, or even broiling them and serving with a Sichuan sauce. Or stick with the classic casserole, but make it with fresh beans and other minimally processed ingredients. Whether you like green beans snappy and fresh or braised and tender, you'll love one of these renditions.

No disrespect to the from-a-can casserole many of us grew up on, but we like to prepare our green beans in a way that highlights their flavor rather than covering it up. Try cryo-blanching them to preserve their crunch, braising them until tender, sautéing them with mushrooms and onions, or even broiling them and serving with a Sichuan sauce. Or stick with the classic casserole, but make it with fresh beans and other minimally processed ingredients. Whether you like green beans snappy and fresh or braised and tender, you'll love one of these renditions.

The Ultimate Homemade Green Bean Casserole

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Making a stand-out green bean casserole means starting with fresh ingredients—we ditch the canned and frozen green beans in favor of blanched fresh ones and make an earthy homemade mushroom sauce to use instead of cream of mushroom soup. You can also fry up shallots to top the casserole, but to be honest, we love French's fried onions too much to not use them.
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Sautéed Green Beans With Mushrooms and Caramelized Cipollini Onions
With all the heavy dishes on the typical Thanksgiving table, a creamy green bean casserole might feel like overkill. This recipe takes the same flavors and transforms them into a lighter, fresher side dish by mixing together caramelized cipollini onions, browned mushrooms, and blanched green beans.
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Haricots Verts Amandine (French-Style Green Beans With Almonds)
This classic French side deserves a place on your table—it looks and sounds fancy enough to impress, but it comes together in just 20 minutes. To make it, we blanch green beans and mix them with toasted almonds and a browned-butter sauce flavored with garlic and shallots.
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Bacon-Braised Green Beans
Despite what current trends might lead you to believe, vegetables don't have to be served barely cooked. This recipe takes green beans and braises them in stock and vinegar until they're practically melting. We flavor the beans with bacon, but for a vegetarian alternative, use olive oil and mushrooms instead.
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Green Brean FAQs

Do I need to trim green beans?
Yes, you need to trim the tip of the stem end of a green bean, where the pod was once attached to the plant. There is no practical need to remove the tail end of a green bean. Check out our Green Beans 101 guide for more prep tips.
Can I make green bean casserole ahead of time?
Yes, our green bean casserole can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to two days before it's baked.
Is it okay to buy trimmed, canned, or frozen green beans?
We don't recommend buying trimmed fresh green beans because they end up needing to be trimmed again. Canned green beans should also be avoided. Fresh, whole beans are preferable to frozen and should be used in recipes that feature green beans as the main ingredient. For more information, check out our guide to buying and prepping green beans.