Thanksgiving Sides: 5 Alternatives to Green Bean Casserole

Yesterday we gave you some non-marshmallow ideas for sweet potatoes. Now we're tackling another old-fashioned dish that frequently shows up at Thanksgiving: the green bean casserole. We've modernized it before, but the recipes below are entirely new creatures (and most of them are really easy, too). Our goal with these recipes was to keep some of the flavors and textures of the original intact. A few of these have some crunch—or some fried—that will satisfy you if you're craving those canned onions. A few have the oniony flavor elsewhere. And there are some mushrooms sprinkled in as a nod to the cream of mushroom soup that's in the casserole.

Also, we added two brussels sprouts recipes, since we love them and they're a great alternative to beans.

• 1. Green Beans with Golden Raisins, from Martha Stewart. Ok, these have neither onions or mushrooms, but they're simple and feel like they'd fit right in with a Thanksgiving meal.

• 2. Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Wild Mushrooms, from Gourmet. This is a deliberate riff on green bean casserole, with the frizzled shallots scattered on top. Yum.

• 3. Fried Green Bean Bundles, from Paula Deen. The beans are tied with a green onion, so you get a smidge of that taste, and then they're battered and fried for crunch. Labor-intensive, yes, but you could prepare everything else and leave these as the last thing you do.

• 4. Greek-Style Braised Green Beans, from the Kitchn. With onions, tomatoes, and a hint of cinnamon.

• 5. Brussels Sprouts with Onion and Almonds, from Simply Recipes. We really could devote an entire roundup to brussels sprouts; they're a classic dish, too. We love the toasted almonds for some crunch on top.

Tomorrow: Alternatives to cranberry relish.

Related: Barely Cooked String Beans

9 Comments