Green Bean Casserole FROM SCRATCH! A remake of the classic Thanksgiving side dish made with fresh green beans and no canned ingredients.
Let’s talk about the iconic Thanksgiving staple straight out of the 80’s… the green bean casserole. It’s a classic, but I feel like we can do better than canned green beans and canned soup, right? We can take something good and make it an absolutely delicious green bean casserole!
So, let’s do it! This recipe puts a wonderful homemade spin on the original, which means lots of fresh green beans, no cream of mushroom condensed soup and homemade bread crumbs (but don’t worry, we’ve kept the crispy fried onions on top!).
I haven’t made it a secret that me and vegetables haven’t really always been BFF. Truthfully, we still aren’t. I don’t really eat a ton of vegetables, even though I know I should, and I have a pretty standard selection that I stick with, and I have never been a green bean fan. The thing is, though – I’ve always WANTED to be. They remind me of my grandfather, his huge, impeccably cared for garden, and seeing my grandma sitting on her kitchen stool at the sink, trimming freshly-picked green beans.
So, for me to say that I actually really enjoyed this green bean casserole is a massive, massive endorsement. I have tried the typical “semi-homemade” version at countless holiday tables, and let’s just say that version was no help in my quest to find vegetables that I could tolerate. This green bean casserole from scratch, however? It’s a beauty. I actually ate green beans. Like, forkful after forkful. Talk about a breakthrough! It’s amazing what a difference fresh, from scratch, and homemade can do to a dish.
Now, I can’t sell this green bean casserole as 100% from scratch and homemade because it does contain canned fried onions. What can I say? I hardly ever eat a casserole, but a casserole with those on them? Just so good. However, I would like to try it with my own caramelized onions, and in the event that you would too, I included that option in the recipe below.
This is one of those classic Thanksgiving side dishes that many families simply can’t live without, and I hope you enjoy this fresh, from-scratch version of the green bean casserole!
A remake of the popular Thanksgiving green bean casserole made completely from scratch!
For the Beans and Sauce:
*Note 1: You can prep this ahead of time. Store the bread-crumb topping in an airtight container in the refrigerator and combine with the onions just before cooking. Combine the beans and cooled sauce in a baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. To serve, remove the plastic wrap and heat the casserole in a 425-degree oven for 10 minutes, then add the topping and bake as directed.
*Note 2: This recipe can be halved and baked in a 2-quart (or 8-inch square) baking dish. If making a half batch, reduce the cooking time of the sauce in Step 3 to about 6 minutes (1¾ cups) and the baking time in Step 4 to 10 minutes.
*Note 3: If you want to go 100% homemade and eliminate the canned fried onions, you can make your own caramelized onions. Thinly slice 2 sweet onions and saute in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and sprinkle with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes, or until the onions are golden, caramelized and soft. Set aside to cool before combining with remainder of crumb topping. Proceed with the recipe as directed.
This recipe was originally published on November 18, 2010.