The classic green bean casserole gets a little makeover that even your grandmother will approve of. #thanksgiving #sides-3

The Real Green Bean Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
The real green bean casserole doesn't use cream of anything soup and the fried shoestring potatoes may be a new twist but it's a good one!


For the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Butter Unsalted
  • 1/4 Cup Onion minced
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Mushroom minced white button
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper Freshly Ground
  • Salt to taste

For the Casserole

  • 16 Oz Green Beans French style or fresh, washed and trimmed
  • 1 1/2 - 2 Cups Cheese Grated (we use colby jack)

For the shoestring Potatoes

  • 1 Russet potato Large, or 2 small mostly peeled (I leave little slivers of peel on for added color)
  • Canola Oil
  • Salt


  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat add the butter and begin to melt.
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute until tender.
  • Add the mushrooms and saute until beginning to turn tender, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the flour and continue to whisk for about 30 seconds to remove that flour taste.
  • Quickly add the cream and broth and whisk until thickened.
  • Season to taste.
  • For the Casserole
  • Add the green beans and sauce mixture to a 9x9" pan and fold everything together.
  • Top with shredded cheese and shoestring potatoes.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until hot all the way through.
  • For the shoestring potatoes
  • Using a mandolin, slice the potatoes on the thinnest position.
  • Stack a few up at a time and chop into shoestrings.
  • Heat a pan with 1/4 cup oil over medium heat and fry until golden.
  • Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with a little salt.
Nutrition Facts
The Real Green Bean Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 490 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 549mg24%
Potassium 445mg13%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1794IU36%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 529mg53%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.