With the holidays upon us many of us find ourselves scrambling to come up with a good Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Green beans are a favorite for many people when it comes to traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas foods.
Whether this is your first holiday season doing the cooking, or you’re just looking to shake things up, here are a few ideas to get you started on your way to making great green beans that appease your taste buds.
1. Traditional Green Bean Casserole (Baked)
1 of condensed cream of mushroom soup, saute`ed mushrooms and onions, 1 pound of green beans, then salt and pepper to taste. Baked in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, this is one of the easiest casserole recipes on the planet. Some choose to top their green bean casserole with onion rings, while others prefer cheese. Either way, this is one of America’s favorite ways to serve green beans on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
2. Creamy Bacon Green Bean Casserole (Baked)
A variation on the traditional, this is a man’s version of Thanksgiving or Christmas green beans. Cook a pound of bacon to preferred crispiness, let cool then cop into small pieces. Saute` a chopped onion, mushrooms, and one or two minced cloves of garlic. Drain and dry, then mix everything in with a pound of green beans, a can of condensed mushroom soup, and a quarter can of milk. Salt and pepper to taste before topping with onion rings or cheese and baking in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
3. Non-dairy Creamy Green Bean Casserole (Baked)
Whip one fluid cup of soy cream cheese until it’s fluffy, then add half a teaspoon of vegetable bullion, one tablespoon sugar, saute’ed and dried onions, mushrooms, and minced garlic; finely chopped celery, and a pound of green beans. Mix well before baking in 325 degree oven. Top with onion rings, regular thinly sliced onions, and/or soy cheese of your choice. This is a great Thanksgiving or Christmas green bean dish for those who can’t have dairy but want a touch of something creamy.
4. Saute`ed Green Bean Salad (Saute`ed)
In medium saucepan, combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 large diced onion, 3 large cloves minced garlic, 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms, and a quarter cup pinenuts. Cook until onions are clear, and then add half a pound pre-cooked and chopped bacon, and a pound of green beans. Cook until green beans are finished to taste. May add red bell pepper strips to saute phase for extra flavor. Salt and pepper to taste.
5. Simple Green Beans (Saute`ed)
In medium saucepan, cook 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil, a dash of salt, and one cup of thin strips of onions. When onions are just starting to turn clear toss in a pound of green beans. Cook to desired tenderness. When money is tight this is a great way to have your green beans on Thanksgiving or Christmas without breaking the bank.
6. Walnut Apple Green Beans (Saute`ed)
In medium saucepan cook 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil, quarter cup crushed walnuts (or pecans if you prefer), dash of salt, one cup diced onions, two large cloves minced garlic, one teaspoon powdered rosemary, and 2 cups apples (cored, peeled, and diced). Cook until onions are just clear and apples become aromatic. Toss in a pound of green beans and cook until green beans have reached desired tenderness. Salt to taste. This is a wonderful way to serve green beans on Thanksgiving or Christmas for the walnut or apple lover in your family!
7. Italian Greens Beans Al Dente (Raw & Braised Combination)
In a large bowl, combine two cups diced campari or roma tomatoes, a large bunch small chopped basil, half a teaspoon of salt, and 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Braise a pound of green beans in a tablespoon of butter or olive oil until just starting to cook. Remove from heat and toss with tomato mixture. Dice and warm a large clove of garlic to add for extra flare to this unusual Thanksgiving or Christmas green bean dish.
8. Stewed Italian Green Beans (Stewed)
In medium or large saucepan with lid, combine 2 cups diced tomatoes, 1 cup diced onions, 2 cups diced yellow bottleneck squash, 3 large minced cloves of garlic (roasted is best), 1 large bunch chopped basil, a medium sized sprig of fresh rosemary, 4 large minced leaves fresh sage, and 1 pound green beans. Cook over medium heat until simmering (just starting to bubble), reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until ingredients are soft and flavors have begun to mingle. Salt and pepper to taste.
9. Southwestern Toss Green Beans (Braised)
In large pan with lid, combine 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil, 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, 4 cloves minced garlic, and a healthy dose of cracked black pepper. cook until onion are completely clear, stirring frequently. Turn heat up to medium-high, then braise long cut strips of red bell peppers (about 3 large bells) and a pound of uncut long green beans. Remove from heat when green beans are just starting to cook. Cover and let sit 10 minutes in warm place. Green beans will continue to cook with the residual heat from the pan. For extra flare to this colorful Thanksgiving or Christmas green bean dish, gather into bundles and secure with pre-cooked bacon and a toothpick.
10. Real Deal Green Bean Salad (Raw)
French cut 1 pound raw green beans (strip lengthwise). In a large bowl, toss 1 cup chopped romaine hearts, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 cup red leaf lettuce, 1 cup short stripped red bell pepper, 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion, 1/4 cup pinenuts, and 1/4 cup crushed pecans or walnuts. In small bowl combine 1/2 extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon red milled pepper, 1/8 cup red wine vinegar, and 1/2 Parmesan. Toss green beans with dressing to coat, let drain, saving the dressing. Toss the rest of the salad with all remaining dressing, then plate with green beans laying across the tops of the salad. This is a tasty and colorful way to serve raw green beans at Thanksgiving or Christmas!