Delicious Green Bean Casserole - Two Ways

By Divine Domesticity on November 7th, 2008

My husband and I are big fans of Green Bean Casserole. Now, that man doesn't like onions, mushrooms, or cream of mushroom soup, but yet he loves Green Bean Casserole. He drives me crazy.

Anyhow, I've got two versions for you. A from the can traditional recipe, and a from scratch oh-la-la recipe from Alton Brown. What type of Green Bean Casserole do you usually make at Thanksgiving?

Green Bean Casserole 
Makes 8 -10 servings

2 (16 ounce) cans green beans
1 (10 ounce) can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (2 7/8 ounce) can durkees fried onions
garlic salt
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)

1. Mix beans, soup and sour cream in oven proof casserole dish. Add 1/2 can fried onions and sprinkle in garlic to taste mix well. Cover with cheese and top with remaining fried onions. Bake about 25 minutes at 350-f degrees.

Recipe from

Alton's Best Ever Green Bean Casserole
Makes 4-6 servings

For the topping:

2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Nonstick cooking spray

For beans and sauce:

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half

1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

2. Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.

3. While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.

4. Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.

5. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.

Recipe from Alton Brown and The Food Network.


VeggieGirl said...

Classic holiday side dish!!

My mom makes it with caramelized onions and almond slivers - yum!!

Madlen said...

Thanks for the make it from scratch recipe...I've been searching for one.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I saw that Alton Brown show and I wanted to try some green bean casserole. Not having grown up with this dish, I'm curious. It looks pretty yummy!