22 Ways to Gussy Up Green Beans

 

Serve a classic creamy casserole or try simply roasting or sauteing the snappy green vegetable.

 

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Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Forget about the recipes with canned ingredients that may still haunt your holiday memories. This comforting recipe is made with only fresh ingredients (and absolutely no onion soup mix).

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Haricots Verts with Rosemary

Tender, thin green beans tossed with rosemary and lemon-infused olive oil are the perfect complement to your roasted Turkey and mashed potatoes.

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Stovetop Green Bean Casserole

Alex makes this classic casserole in a cast-iron skillet, starting with a creamy homemade mushroom base instead of canned cream of mushroom soup. Hers is boosted with cayenne pepper and Dijon mustard, then covered with crispy fried shallots.

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Green Beans With Mustard

Spicy mustard and freshly ground cumin seeds give green beans a kick, while pine nuts and almonds add sweet, nutty flavor.

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Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

This highly rated recipe form Alton Brown tops green beans with crispy, breaded onions, a lightly creamy sauce and earthy mushrooms.

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Mushroom and Green Bean Casserole Wellington

Take this classic side dish out of the casserole
dish and wrap it in a blanket of puff pastry for a creamy green bean-and-mushroom pie that can be served sliced or eaten handheld (we won't tell). Snappy beans and tough-yet-tender mushrooms are perfectly complemented by the buttery, flaky crust.

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Tiffani's Aunt's Green Beans

It's OK to pawn off Tiffani's aunt's recipe as your own. Crunchy hazelnuts go perfectly with the vinaigrette made with honey, hazelnut oil and white wine.

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Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots

Assorted mushrooms and shallots make the perfect accompaniment for fresh, snappy green beans.

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Green Bean Casserole

Though green beans take first billing in this recipe's title, the homemade croutons — infused with thyme, rosemary and chives, and crusted with Parmesan cheese — are the real stars.

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Green Beans with Blood Oranges

A reliable make-ahead side, this dish holds up well for an hour when kept at room temperature until ready to serve, making room on your stovetop for other dishes.

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Spicy Parmesan Green Beans and Kale

Dark, leafy and slightly bitter, kale makes an unexpected appearance in this green bean-based side, which takes on additional savory notes when sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds

It's no secret that almonds are the perfect complement to crisp green beans, but Tyler improves the classic combo by adding caramelized onions for extra flavor.

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Louie and Pete’s Hot and Spicy Casserole

If spice is your thing, then this recipe was made for you. The green beans are hit with two times the heat, thanks to Szechuan sauce and habanero peppers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Five-Spice Green Beans

Iconic and unmistakable, five-spice powder is typically made up of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, pepper and fennel –– a sharp mix that gives a kick to any meal. Here, it’s sprinkled on tender string beans just before they finish cooking.

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Haricots Verts Almondine

Kelsey explains that it's important to salt the water you blanch your green beans in, as it imparts flavor and helps to keep the string beans crisp.

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Green Bean Casserole

Not your typical cream-of-mushroom-soup casserole, this dish lets the green beans shine through by topping — not smothering them — with crispy fried onions.

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Green Beans with Paneer

Bal updates this classic side dish by adding in mixed spices and paneer, a cubed Indian cheese.

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Soy Sauce & Garlic Green Beans

Add some Japanese flavors to your Thanksgiving feast by tossing green beans in a garlic, sake and soy sauce marinade.

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Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

After green beans are blanched in boiling water, place them in ice water right away to "shock" them. This stops the cooking process so you turn out bright green, crispy beans.

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Insalata di Fagiolini Verdi: Green Bean Salad

Debi and Gabriele add a Tuscan touch to green beans with cherry tomatoes, arugula and balsamic vinegar.

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Ginger, Carrot and Sesame Green Beans

Ching-He Huang stir-fries her green beans with carrots and ginger, then seasons them with sesame oil and soy sauce for a Chinese preparation.

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Smoky Sauteed Green Beans

Caramelized onions seasoned with smoked paprika add instant flavor to tender green beans.

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