Easy green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving tradition and a huge family favorite. Making green bean casserole is simple with this one-pot recipe. It’s easy being green and damn delicious.
What Is In Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole Frozen, Canned, Or Fresh
Mom always made green bean casserole with frozen or canned green beans. Considering this vegetable is going into a casserole, this does save a lot of time. Especially when you are preparing a ton of dishes for a holiday meal. While canned and frozen are easy, fresh is best. To prepare the green beans, wash them and then clip off the ends. If the green beans are long, you can cut them into a more uniform size. Saute the green beans for about 3 to 5 minutes before adding to the casserole. If you are adding fresh mushrooms, saute those with the green beans.
Green Bean Casserole Make Ahead Tips
If making ahead for a holiday you can prepare the casserole ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. While the oven is heating up you can add the french fried onions. You can do the same if making ahead to take on a campout. Prep the casserole in a Dutch oven liner, over tightly keep in the color until ready to bake. While the coals are preparing, place the liner in a Dutch oven and add the french fried onions. Bake at the same temperature and time you would as in an oven. Consult the Dutch oven coal chart for more information on how many coals you will need to attain the correct temperature.
How To Make Green Bean Casserole Without Onions
If you want to make green bean casserole without onions but still want that crunch casserole topping on your green bean casserole, the simply substitute bread crumbs for the onions.
How Long Is Green Bean Casserole Good For
A general rule of thumb for leftovers without meat is three to five days. If you add meat like bacon it should be fine for that long as well. Bacon is processed. Something like fresh chicken should probably only be kept for up to three days. Do not, I repeat, do not freeze green bean casserole, the beans will not hold out well and it will lose any crispiness from the onions.
How To Make Green Bean Casserole Over A Campfire
I recommend using a Dutch oven to make green bean casserole over a campfire. Refer to the Dutch oven coal chart on this website to find out how many coals to use. I love cooking casseroles over a campfire because it means using a Dutch oven which is a lot of fun. No room in your oven this holiday? Why not cook the green bean casserole in a cast iron dish out on the grill or over a campfire. A good outdoor Dutch oven will make it easy and fun and keep your hubby busy so he’s not messing with your turkey.
Green Bean Casserole Recipes
How To Make Green Bean Casserole From Scratch
Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Green bean casserole is a delicious holiday treat but can be made anytime. This simple side dish is all dolled up for our dinner.
- 3 c French style canned green beans
- 1 or 2 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 c diced onion
- 1/2 to 1 c milk or cream
- 1 c mushrooms (optional)
- 1 1/3 c French fried onions
- 1/2 c bacon
- 1 1/2 c cheddar cheese (optional)
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 lb ground sausage cooked (optional)
Chop up 1/2 cup of bacon and sauté in a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet until just done.
Add onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Add mushrooms and green beans and cook until green beans are nearly done.
Add the mushroom soup and milk and stir in for 2 to 3 minutes.
When the green beans are fully cooked, add 1 cup of the French fried onions and 1 cup of cheese and stir in the mixture.
Stir in all seasoning.
Top with remaining French fried onions and cheese.
Place lid on Dutch oven and place about 15 coals on the top for about 10 minutes or until the French fried onions are just turning brown. If you are using a skillet you can toss a lid on it and place coals on top for about 5 minutes or until brown. If you have an oven you can just place it in an oven for 20 minutes at 375 or until top is golden brown.
This recipe was originally posted on October 27, 2014. It has been updated and reposted here for your enjoyment. We hope you enjoy this recipe and use it many times.