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Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole

Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole ~ A mouth watering and flavorful classic made with tons of cheese and butter for a decadent addition to a holiday meal.

Green Bean Casserole ~ The Complete Savorist

My grandma’s green bean casserole is better than your green bean casserole. Does yours use a stick a butter and enough cheese to finish clogging your arteries? Mine does.

This dish is not heart healthy, waistline healthy, vegan friendly, but is 100% delicious. Rich and creamy, cheesy, with some French cut green beans, this dish is bound to be a holiday hit in your home.

This dish has been made my entire life. I don’t remember a holiday without it. Because I love it so much, I make it for the big three food holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter).

I have made a few adjustments to her original, but not big ones.  On occasion I have made this using homemade cream of mushroom and fresh green beans, but I still love her version.  It is like eating memories.

My grandmother’s original recipe only calls for 3 cans of green beans, but I added a 4th many years ago.  Most likely I did it for silly reasons, trying to get more nutrition into a dish that clearly is too decadent to be nutritious (plus it’s a holiday dish, those are supposed to be decadent.)

You can opt to use 3 or 4 cans but all the rest of the ingredient amounts will remain the same.

Green Bean Casserole ~ The Complete Savorist

Using Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

I have made this dish in the past using a homemade version of cream of mushroom soup.  I usually try to stay away from the over processed food components like this.  But for this dish, making it the traditional way my Grandmother did is part of the appeal, so I make an exception.

However, if you want to skip the canned version, you can make your own.  You’ll just want to use an amount equivalent to 2 cans of condensed cream of mushroom soup, about 21 oz.

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Green Bean Casserole ~ The Complete Savorist

A mouth watering and flavorful classic made with tons of cheese and butter for a decadent addition to a holiday meal. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese, Green Beans, side dish, Thanksgiving
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

 A mouth watering and flavorful classic made with tons of cheese and butter for a decadent addition to a holiday meal.

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 cans French style green beans; drained
  • 1 large onion; diced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 lb cheddar cheese; shredded
  • 1/2 lemon; squeezed for juice
  • 2-6 oz cans French fried onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Open cans of green beans and drain.  Add to a large bowl.

  3. Sautee onion in butter until translucent; don’t let it brown.
  4. Add onion butter mix to green beans.  Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl, except 1 can of French fried onions, and mix well.

  5. Pour contents of bowl in to baking dish; cover.

  6. Cook 30-40 at 350° F.

  7. Last few minutes, uncover and add remaining can of French fried onions on top to brown.

Green Bean Casserole ~ Classic combo of mushroom soup and green beans with a rich and creamy addition of cheese. Perfect for your holiday table. ~ The Complete Savorist

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Ellen @ From Scratch
    October 29, 2014 at 6:05 am

    This one is a classic for sure! I think it would be hard to find someone at an American Thanksgiving table who hadn’t tried some version of green bean casserole in their life. 🙂 I like the idea of adding cheese!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Ellen, I have also found that either you love the stuff or loath it. The cheese is what does me in with this dish. I just love it.

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    The Food Hunter
    October 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love the individual crocks!

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      Michelle
      October 29, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Thank you FH! I loved plating them that way too.

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    Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    October 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

    OMG that looks incredible Michelle. Wishing those crunchy onion things on top were available in gluten free. I miss those!

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      Michelle
      October 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Sandi, I am working on a GF version of this dish, from the cream of mushroom to the onions…look for it in about 2 weeks.

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    Betsy @ Desserts Required
    October 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    You are SO right….it is worth every health risk to sit down and enjoy a few portions of this green bean casserole. And you know what? Your grandmother’s recipe IS better than my grandmother’s recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you Betsy! I think the holidays are about indulgence anyway.

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    Prudy
    October 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Oh yeah… I love this. I love green bean casserole, and I think your grandma has brought it to the highest…to the best level it could possibly be. I am totally making this for Thanksgiving this year. <3

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      She will be happy to hear that! It’s totally worth it! Worth every tiny calorie and fat gram!

  • Reply
    Christina Lakey | Food Apparel
    October 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I love green bean casserole! Also, I have to hide the french fried onions, or they mysteriously disappear before we actually make the casserole. My husband and I came up with a completely-from-scratch version using Swiss cheese. It’s phenomenal with the mushroom. Not on the blog yet, but you should try it sometime with your version (if you like Swiss, that is). I bet it would work well!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      October 30, 2014 at 1:01 am

      I LOVE Swiss cheese, I can imagine how wonderful that is. I have done from scratch versions of GB casserole, and I love them, but was craving the childhood flavors I miss. Can’t wait to see your version on the blog and will definitely give it a try!

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    christine
    November 1, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Green bean casserole is my favorite Thanksgiving side! I love this.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you Christine…it’s a favorite here too.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    November 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

    This is a great recipe. I love the “Grandma” touch. Green beans look so good and this recipe has comfort written all over it. 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      I love this recipe. It’s a family favorite for a reason.

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    Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow
    November 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Ugh, the green bean casserole on Thanksgiving is my weakness. I always eat more than is socially acceptable and end up crashing on the couch in a food coma. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! 😉

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Me too Margaret, Me too! We should start a club!

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    >Michelle
    November 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    One if my absolute favorites, and THANK YOU I’ll be using your recipe this year to make it.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Oh that’s great to hear, I hope you love it as much as we all do.

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    Diane Roark
    November 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I would like to add this green bean casserole to my green bean roundup. Please let me know if it is NOT o.k.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread

    • Reply
      Michelle
      November 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you for the opportunity to be included in your round-up! Please let me know when it is live and I will help promote it.

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