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The best green bean casseroles for Thanksgiving! 


Thanksgiving is just around the corner – soon it will be time to prep the turkey, bake the pies, and make the cranberry sauce (or open a can, depending on your preference). And of course, we can’t forget the side dishes. But while there’s the corn, the mashed potatoes, and the stuffing, let's all admit that what we really want: Green bean casserole.

A triumph of ease, this humble beauty shines on any Thanksgiving table. What is it that makes this dish so delicious? Is it the tender green beans? The creamy mushroom soup? The crunchy, salty fried onion bits? Or perhaps it’s the magical mixture of all these things melding together in one harmonious dish. Whatever it is, it's perfection.

Now, much like snowflakes, no two green bean casseroles are alike. But which to choose? Do you keep it traditional or mix it up with unexpected ingredients? There are so many varieties, the Tablespoon team thought we’d help out by testing a few versions. Check out what we had to say about our picks of this classic side dish.

 

Erin: Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Throwdown

Good old classic green bean casserole. I picked this one to test out, as it seemed the easiest and least likely for a busy lady like to me to mess up. The texture was tasty and the crunchy onions really sealed the deal. I could eat those things all night long! Rating: 5/5 – A simple classic without any weird stuff and not too soupy or sticky.

 

Adam: Creamy Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Throwdown

A creamier and cheesier take on the Thanksgiving classic! With added mozzarella cheese, sour cream, cream cheese. Rating: 4/5 – This one ain't for everybody, but a sure hit for cheeseheads!

 

Susan: Cheesy Chipotle Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Throwdown

Ready for a twist on tradition? This hot and spicy green bean casserole shakes up convention – especially when served in individual ramekin dishes! Rating: 5/5 – Like the classic version on steroids. Got a thumbs-up from the whole fam!

 

Nate: Classic Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Throwdown

This is the gold standard for me, reinforced over many Thanksgivings. When you calculate the likelihood of there being any left by the time it reaches you around the table...that's a 5/5 rating!

 

Luis: Mexican Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Throwdown

Add a bit of Mexican flavor this comfort food classic! This south-of-the-border take on green bean casserole will blow you mind and please the entire family! Rating: 4/5.

 

Kari: Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Throwdown

The oven gets A LOT of use on Thanksgiving and it’s a total bummer when your sides end up lukewarm because everything had to bake at different temperatures or your oven isn’t big enough for multiple things. This recipe is an easy way to free up oven space AND keep your casserole piping hot! Plus it tastes just as good as the oven-baked version. Rating: 4/5 – You don’t quite get the same crispy topping when it’s done in the slow cooker but it's pretty darn close.


Whether you choose one of our tested versions or one of your own, you can never go wrong with green bean casserole on turkey day.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Tablespoon!

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