Green beans are one of the many great — and delicious — Thanksgiving traditions. While some swear by the classic comforting casserole, others prefer a fresher take, with unexpected flavors, colors and textures. Here are some of our favorite side dishes featuring green beans (hint: you don’t have to save them for the holiday feast)!
|Green Beans with Brown Butter and Radishes
Brown butter adds a nutty taste to this vibrant green bean dish, while toasted hazelnuts lend a pleasing crunch. Red radishes, which are briefly cooked to mellow their peppery bite, contribute a splash of color.
|The Ultimate Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots
We gave the classic green bean casserole a makeover! Sautéed cremini mushrooms and blanched green beans are combined with a luscious sauce of chicken stock and cream. Then the dish is topped with homemade fried shallot rings and baked until bubbling.
|Green Bean and Potato Salad with Herbs and Anchovies
Here, tender potatoes and green beans are tossed in a pungent Italian-inspired dressing laced with anchovies, Dijon mustard and three different fresh herbs. This dish also makes a wonderful addition to a summer picnic.
|Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar
Wrapped with a strip of bacon, these green bean bundles add an elegant touch to the table. They’re easy to prepare (and a customer favorite)!
|Haricots Verts with Toasted Almonds and Caramelized Shallots
Caramelized shallots add deep flavor to this side dish; they’re cooked low and slow to coax out their natural sweetness. Chopped almonds add a crunchy texture to contrast the crisp-tender green beans.
|Green Beans with Brown Butter, Wild Mushrooms and Walnuts
This recipe gets a double dose of nuttiness from fragrant brown butter and hearty walnuts, while wild mushrooms lend their distinctive earthiness. It’s a unique way to showcase autumn ingredients — and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
|Green Beans with Sweet-and-Sour Bacon Dressing
Sweet, salty and sour flavors mingle irresistibly in this simple yet bold-flavored dish of green beans dressed in a bacon vinaigrette. The beans stand at room temperature in the tangy dressing before serving to soak up the flavors.
|Stir-Fried Green Beans with Tamari Almonds
Tamari, which is similar to soy sauce, gives almonds and green beans savory flavor in this fresh-tasting dish. With additions of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar, it has an Asian profile that will add interest and variety to your feast.
|Green Beans with Glazed Shallots and Lemon
Glazed shallots and lemon elevate an everyday side dish into a festive presentation. It’s super simple to make, and the refreshingly light flavors will be welcome on a Thanksgiving buffet.