What's on your menu for Thanksgiving dinner this year? If yours is like around 20 million other American homes, the venerable green bean casserole is likely making an appearance on your table. While this savory side is a time-honored classic, it’s not always the most exciting selection in the Thanksgiving smorgasbord. But that’s all about to change.
This year, you’ve got some great options for taking your green beans to new heights in flavor, healthfulness and variety. We’ve rounded up five fresh and fun takes on this signature Thanksgiving dish that might just be the best you and your guests have ever tried — and might just see you shoving Grandma’s old recipe card to the back of the family cookbook.
The Big Bean Debate: Fresh, Canned or Frozen?
When it comes to the green beans you add to your casserole, you may be surprised to see that your options run the gamut from fresh to frozen to canned — and this list features recipes that use all three different types. But you might have a preference for one over the other, and it’s not necessarily a decision to take lightly; the beans are the bulk of the casserole, the main attraction, after all.
Best Classic Green Bean Casserole
Sometimes, you just can’t beat an original. If your Thanksgiving shopping list has included those telltale red-and-white cans of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup since before you can remember, you’re sure to love this nostalgia-inducing, classic casserole preparation thanks to the one and only Campbell’s itself.
Best Fancy Spin on a Green Bean Casserole
When you think about wowing your guests on Thanksgiving, your mind probably jumps to the typical piece de resistance — the turkey— right away. But who says humble green beans can’t be equally impressive with a few upgrades? Satisfy your guests’ hunger and their appreciation for the finer things with this fully fancified take on green bean casserole...or would that be classerole?
The Best Healthy Twist on Green Bean Casserole
Thanksgiving might not always be the most waistline-friendly holiday, and you’d certainly be forgiven if you and your guests didn't worry too much about eating healthily during the big meal. Who doesn’t love a little indulgence? But a few tweaks here and there can help sneak some healthiness into green bean casserole, and believe us when we tell you your loved ones won’t miss a thing. It’s a great workaround if you’re planning a more wholesome menu overall this year — or if you want to save the indulging for dessert.
Best Easy-to-Make Green Bean Casserole
Have you ever struggled to find a way to cook everything you need with four burners and just one oven? If there’s any time of year when you’re likely to run into this culinary roadblock, it’s probably Thanksgiving. But one dependable countertop appliance — your slow cooker — can save the day (and a spot on your stove) when you prep this hands-off green bean casserole recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker. As an added bonus, it serves up to 20 people — or maybe 10 diehard fans of this Thanksgiving staple.
Dietary Restrictions? Here Are the Best Gluten-Free and Vegan Green Bean Casseroles
Accommodating different dietary preferences and requirements is a great way to make guests feel more welcome in your home, and that feeling is what Thanksgiving should really be about. By choosing some key ingredients and taking a few extra steps during prepping, you’ll be able to whip up some fresh takes on green bean casserole that’ll delight the gluten-free and vegan friends and family around your table.