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19 Ways to Make a Really Delicious Green Bean Casserole

Updated on October 06, 2023

Whether you’re keeping things traditional or trying something new, you’re guaranteed to find something you love.

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Our Best Green Bean Casserole Recipes

Warm, creamy and satisfying—green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving classic for a reason! Good-for-you green beans get a major makeover with the addition of rich, savory sauce and a crowd-pleasing crunchy topping, making them an essential part of every holiday feast. No matter which Thanksgiving sides you’re planning to accompany your turkey this year, you’ll want to make sure that one of these casseroles makes its way to your table. Wondering which one to choose? You’ll find a little something for everyone in this roundup (including a version that’s completely vegan—and one that you can make in your multicooker) but you can’t go wrong with one of Food Network Kitchen’s best recipes. A traditional green bean casserole gets extra umami with the addition of dried shiitake mushrooms. Once rehydrated, they turn soft and earthy, and their soaking liquid adds oomph to the sauce as well.

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Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole

This easy casserole is the perfect fix for that holiday oven traffic jam. It gets you all the flavors of a traditional baked casserole in half the time.

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Green Bean and Potato Casserole

Those of you who mix all your Thanksgiving dishes together once they hit your plate already know, but we'll go ahead and explain it for everyone else: Potatoes and green beans are simply better together. And when they're topped with melty cheese, crumbled bacon and crispy fried onions, they're out-of-this-world delicious.

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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a true fall comfort dish; its creamy sauce, tender green beans and crunchy onion topping will have everyone coming back for seconds. We substituted a few vegan ingredients, such as unsweetened almond milk and vegan sour cream, for an equally comforting side dish that all can enjoy. Assemble the entire casserole in a large oven-proof skillet for easy cooking and minimal cleanup.

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