Not your mama’s green bean casserole

You really don't want to know how much fat is in this

Please consider this an alternative to that can-of-soup, fake-onion, one-dish disaster that has sunk far too many a Thanksgiving table over the years.

Green beans au gratin (adapted from The Silver Spoon)

  • 4 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • scant 1 cup white wine
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan
  • salt and pepper

Cook the beans in salted boiling water for about eight to 10 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Heat oil in a large saute pan. Add the garlic cloves and sliced leeks. Cook over low heat, stirring to break up leek slices, for about five minutes. Ditch the garlic and stir in the flour. Gradually stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Add beans and wine. Cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. While beans are simmering, preheat oven to 350. Grease a one and a half quart casserole dish with butter. Remove the pan from heat and spoon mixture into casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and dot with butter. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Serve warm.

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62 Responses to Not your mama’s green bean casserole

  1. TasteFood says:

    I will happily consider this. This is a superior alternative – yum.

  2. Robin says:

    Mmmmm…. this sounds good. I can’t stand that can-of-soup stuff. This is a green bean casserole I wouldn’t mind trying. Thanks! 🙂

  3. ceciliag says:

    I am going to print this for The Matriarch. (she won’t mind – I think). I cannot eat the mushroom soup one! c

  4. I’m making this my Mama’a new green bean casserole! I want want want… and Mama always gives me what I want – SPOILED!!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Just what I’ve been looking for – I’ve never made it because I just couldn’t do the mushroom soup but son’s girlfriend asked for it this year so I’ve been trying to figure something out. This is perfect!

  6. Hey! I don’t mind can-of-soup one… until I saw yours! Fat Shmat! I’d make this one any day!

  7. nrhatch says:

    Looks perfect for waist-expanding days like Thanksgiving. gobble . . . gobble. 😉

  8. That is certainly not my mother’s green bean casserole. It looks way better!

  9. Carolyn Chan says:

    Your Thanksgiving looks to be one moster of a feast ! 🙂

  10. BrainRants says:

    Keeper. You’re in my Outlook folder for YOU and your recipes for this. Never will do the sick shit everyone else does.

  11. rutheh says:

    Holiday time is not the time to think about reducing the fat! Looks rich and delicious.

  12. Joanne says:

    Eh, it doesn’t seem that fattening to me, but on the other hand, I don’t really pay attention to fat content. Plus, it’s gratin style! Great makeover you did here. I went to a thanksgiving potluck party today and just stared at the clearly canned green bean casserole with horror on my face LOL. Last year I overheard someone say “I made two boxes of potatoes because I didn’t know how many people were coming.” I fainted. HAHAHAAHAHA.

  13. Fanciest green beans I’ve ever seen. I’m sure they are good — how can you miss with cream, Parmesan and white wine? We never ate the other stuff: my Mom was partial to cooking green beans for three days with bacon until they turned into a black, salty mess. Fortunately, she has stopped that now and we eat them steamed or stir-fried with fresh basil (but not in November).

  14. I think my mother would take offense to this statement lol. Just kidding. I love your green bean casserole recipe.. its amazing guys

  15. Side dish – this could easily pass as a main meal for me – great recipe.
    🙂 Mandy

  16. Had never heard of green bean casserole but seeing what you´ve done here, I´ll order a large portion please 🙂

  17. Oh, yeah…
    The Butterfly Daughter is doing her own Thanksgiving this year, complete with green bean casserole – I have no idea where she had it in the past, it was not at the table while she was growing up…Maybe I could talk her into this instead?

  18. Michelle says:

    There are few dishes in the world that a (real) cream sauce won’t improve. Looks great.

  19. Marlene says:

    The other one was always one of Erika’s favorite dishes on the Thanksgiving table. I wonder which one she prefers. We always want to make her happy.

  20. Kristy says:

    Now you’re talkin! This looks awesome!

  21. afrankangle says:

    An alternative to the canned soup version seems sacrilegious (dang … no red lines, so I think I spelled it right) …. but … it seems worth a try – especially since I like the flavors you’ve added. Then again, green beans have a tendency to screw up the wines – thus more rationale for pinot noir, riesling, and gwertztraminer. … well … I probably missed spelled those.

  22. ChgoJohn says:

    With garlic, cream, and grated romano or parmesan, it just has to be good. Take that Campbell’s!

  23. Judy says:

    This looks very tasty! We are having dinner with extended family this year and no one is all that interested in GB Casserole, so we will be focusing on other requested menu items. This would be one I would try though.

  24. Leo Cotnoir says:

    What, no mushrooms? Looks great anyway.

  25. spicegirlfla says:

    My momma never made a green bean casserole but I bet she would with this recipe! She never used anything premade in any dish she made so thankfully I was spared that version with the can of onions on top but always heard so many jokes about it. Yours sounds creamy and delcious!

  26. It’s not my papa’s either, but yes please for the beans!

  27. randommanda says:

    All I can say is – Thanks for planning my Thanksgiving menu!! LOL!

  28. Charles says:

    This definitely looks delicious. Being from Europe I’m not really familiar with Thanksgiving and the traditions – these green bean casseroles you’re talking about sound horrific though… I’ll have to look them up 😀

  29. Yum! I always want green been casserole to be yummy, but as soon as I take a bite, realize I shouldn’t have even tried… I’ve never made one myself, and this looks like the right recipe to give it a go with!

  30. That’s it. Putting my foot down. All this delicious food around the blogs is driving me mental – Australia needs to adopt Thanks Giving. Purely so I can make yummy things like green bean casserole with sides of turkey and mash….mmmm

  31. You’re right… that other green bean casserole made with the canned soup is awful. I never understood why everyone loves it so much. Canned green beans are one of the worst foods ever. Fresh green beans are so much better. Can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks fabulous!

  32. Eva Taylor says:

    That looks amazing! Greg, Katherine, I have to be honest, I can’t do it! But enjoying your photo put on a pound or two! I really love your blog.

  33. rsmacaalay says:

    Though I dont know what Thanksgiving traditions are as I live in NZ this to me looks like a good vegetable dish to pair with roast turkeys 🙂

  34. SimpleP says:

    Wow, that looks evil and delicious! I’ll be you have no problems getting the big kids or little kids to eat their veggies with this recipe.

  35. Sissi says:

    It sounds luscious! It couldn’t be different with cream and white wine and parmesan or pecorino…

  36. Do you prefer a dry or sweet white wine for this dish?

  37. Mmmm. That’s all I can say, my mouth is watering.

  38. Debra Kolkka says:

    This is a different take on beans. I think I’ll try it.

  39. Can of soup type doesn’t even stand a chance with this

  40. Simple wholesome goodness. I’m digging it.

  41. I didn’t like green beans when I was young – but Mom made me eat them anyway! Today I like them – but on my own terms! And these look very good!

  42. zestybeandog says:

    This is very similar to my method, I love keeping it simple and eliminating the canned soup (Yuck)!

  43. Mom says:

    Dad was just commenting tonight that my gravy needs improving. I decided to check out your recipes to see if I could find anything new to do with vegetables and coincidentally your first recipe was for – gravy! Also found the green bean recipes. Will take a vote here to see which one to try. Liked your ‘professional’ looking apron.
    You know who.

  44. This looks so much better than what most people make for green bean casserole.

  45. Margi Hansen says:

    I’ve actually never had the soup can green bean cassarole. No way in the world would my Mother have ever made it! However, it does intrigue me. Not enough to make it, but enough to look for an alternative. Which is how I found this one. I made it for TDay dinner. OMG! So so good! But, honestly, the richness of this dish is almost lost with all the other food on your plate. Next time I make it, it will be for a simpler meal.

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  48. petit4chocolatier says:

    Absolutely delicious!

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