Forget about your grandma’s soupy, mushroom-laden casserole (no offense, Nana). Green beans don’t need to be drowned in canned soup to taste good. These alternative holiday recipes are fresh, flavorful and far from boring, but best of all, they let the underrated veggie shine on its own. Add any one of them to your Thanksgiving menu and let the compliments roll in. Read on for 31 green bean recipes that will have your guests asking for your secret (and reaching for seconds).
31 Green Bean Recipes That Will Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Menu
1. Crispy Green Bean “fries”
Not at all unhealthy (seriously) since they’re baked instead of fried. But don’t fret: They’re still coated in lots of Parmesan cheese.
2. Green Beans With Garlicky Pistachio Vinaigrette
Have you ever served green beans cold? Didn’t think so. Blanching is the key to the beans’ vibrant color and impeccable crunch.
7. Green Bean Bacon Bundles
Is this where the phrase “bundle of joy” came from? Maybe not, but this chic side is delicious and takes less than an hour to pull off.
8. Healthier Green Bean Casserole
The star here is homemade mushroom Alfredo sauce. It’s made with milk and vegetable stock instead of cream, so it won’t fill you up after two bites.
9. Lemon Parmesan Green Beans
Simple yet satisfying. We’re betting the only ingredient you don’t already have in your kitchen is the green beans.
12. Dijon-maple Green Beans With Caramelized Pecans, Bacon And Feta
Helloooo, fall. This sweet-and-salty dish is guaranteed to be a holiday favorite. Feel free to candy the bacon in brown sugar and maple syrup for extra sweetness.
14. Green Bean Salad With Cherry Tomatoes And Feta
Complete with lemon-Dijon vinaigrette. Add nuts, croutons or breadcrumbs for extra crunch.
16. Simple Skillet Green Beans
Believe it or not, this citrus-kissed beauty can be on the table and ready to devour in 15 minutes flat.
21. Spicy Braised Green Beans
Just a little bit of harissa paste goes a long way in the flavor department. Finish it off with crushed red pepper flakes for maximum heat.
27. Lightly Roasted Green Beans
Three words: Parmesan. Almond. Crumble. The crowning glory for this dish comes together in about four minutes on the stovetop.
28. Sauteed Green Beans With Garlic
You may be used to roasting green beans for the holidays but pan-frying them is a much speedier approach. Just brown them in oil over high heat until they start to blister.
31. Fettuccine Alfredo With Green Beans And Tapenade
Despite its complex taste and sophisticated presentation, this dish only costs about $3 per serving. Store-bought green olive tapenade boosts the dish’s flavor in a flash.