I always think about the moment where a dish becomes a classic, and in some cases tips over into the traditional holiday food lexicon. There is no question that green bean casserole is such a dish for Thanksgiving, and luckily for all of us fans out there, it’s easy to make, can be made ahead, and is always a surefire hit.  (Beyond that, some people get very ornery if there is no green bean casserole on the buffet for certain holidays – and we can’t have that).

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

In this recipe, tender canned organic beans get blanketed in a creamy sauce made with shallots and the mushrooms of your choice.  Then the casserole is topped with that irresistible crunchy onion coating and baked until bubbly and golden brown.  It’s hard to think of a dish more essential on Thanksgiving other than the turkey itself!

But do think about this dish on other occasions.  It could even be a vegetable-centric one-pot main course for a family dinner on a chilly night.  Add a salad if you wish, maybe some warm rolls, and be happy you didn’t save this for a once-or-twice-a-year pleasure.

Canned Green Beans

Picking your canned green beans wisely is the key to a great vs. good green bean casserole.   Green Valley Organic Cut Green Beans are picked at the peak of freshness, then canned without any artificial ingredients.  They are committed to the best organic farming practices or farmed and canned in the USA.  And if you thought organic = expensive, then you’ll be happily surprised – it turns out that organic is quite affordable. 

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Vegetarian Green Bean Casserole

If you want to keep this casserole vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken, and soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce, as Worcestershire contains anchovies.

Fried Onions for Green Bean Casserole

You can certainly crisp up your own onions or shallots if you wish, but there is something about the packaged kind that hits a nostalgia button for all of us.  There are several brands available, and they provide the salty crunch that makes this casserole such a classic.

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Make Ahead Green Bean Casserole

You can prepare the casserole through the step where it gets transferred to the baking dish and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days.  Bring it to room temperature before baking.  Or if you prefer to cook it straight from the refrigerator (or if you just plain old forgot to take it out of the fridge ahead of time), plan to add an extra 10 to 15 minutes to the baking time.  Leftovers can be reheated in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes until hot throughout.

How to Make Canned Green Bean Casserole

In a large deep pan or skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat.  Add the mushrooms and sauté until golden brown at the edges, about 8 minutes.  Add the shallots and sauté for another 3 minutes until the shallots become tender and golden and the mushrooms brown a bit more.  Stir in the flour and cook, stirring often for another 2 minutes until the flour is well incorporated.  

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Slowly add the milk and broth, stirring, and bring the liquid to a simmer.  Add the soy or Worcestershire sauce.  Reduce the heat to medium low and continue cooking the mixture at a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. 

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Stir in the drained green beans and season with salt and pepper.

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 or 3 quart baking dish.

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbling.  Evenly distribute the fried onions on top of the casserole, and bake for another 5 minutes to heat and toast the onions.  Serve the casserole hot or warm.

Traditional Green Bean Casserole: An updated version of the classic creamy and crowd-pleasing green bean casserole, perfect for Thanksgiving — and then some!

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Traditional Green Bean Casserole

An updated version of the classic creamy and crowd-pleasing green bean casserole, perfect for Thanksgiving — and then some!
Yield: 10 People
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Green Valley Organic Cut Green Beans , drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound sliced shiitake, cremini, or button mushrooms (or a combination)
  • 1 large shallot , thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth (preferably low-sodium)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire or soy sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup prepared fried onions or shallots

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch or 3-quart shallow baking dish.
  • In a large deep pan or skillet melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté them until they have released their liquid, the liquid evaporates, and the mushrooms start to turn golden brown at the edges, about 8 minutes. Add the shallots and sauté for another 3 minutes until the shallots become tender and golden and the mushrooms brown a bit more. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring often for another 2 minutes until the flour is well incorporated.
  • Slowly add the milk and broth, stirring, and bring the liquid to a simmer. Add the soy or Worcestershire sauce. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue cooking the mixture at a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the drained green beans, season with salt and pepper, and transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbling. Evenly distribute the fried onions on top of the casserole, and bake for another 5 minutes to heat and toast the onions. Serve the casserole hot or warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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