Ultimate Green Bean Casserole

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This recipe for Green Bean Casserole takes the classic dish up a notch by adding bacon, mushrooms, and cheese! It's a new Thanksgiving must-have!

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There’s a lot that can be said about the humble Green Bean Casserole.  LOTS.  And I’ve seen some pretty serious arguments about what can and can’t be in the dish.  To me, Green Bean Casserole must include 3 things… cream of mushroom soup, canned green beans, and fried onions.  You’re welcome to throw whatever else in there, but it’s gotta have those 3 things in my opinion.

This recipe for Green Bean Casserole takes the classic dish up a notch by adding bacon, mushrooms, and cheese! It's a new Thanksgiving must-have! You are welcome to make your own cream of mushroom soup.  You are welcome to use fresh green beans.  And you can make your own fried onions  – or even use fried shallots.  Go on with ya bad self.  I bet it’s going to be delicious.  That’s just not what I want in mine.  But if you want to take that classic version and kick it up a notch – or three – man, do I have a recipe for you.  I add fresh mushrooms for even more umami flavor and add… wait for it… BACON!  Yes, I love the smoky flavor that bacon adds to this dish and it complements the mushrooms beautifully!  I’ve always had a love affair with the bacon and mushrooms combo.

This recipe for Green Bean Casserole takes the classic dish up a notch by adding bacon, mushrooms, and cheese! It's a new Thanksgiving must-have! So here it is… My Ultimate Green Bean Casserole.  If you want to take a few extra steps and take your GBC to the next level, you’ve just got to try this.  It is SERIOUSLY the best GBC I’ve ever, ever had!  And that’s staying something, ’cause I’ve eaten a lot of this casserole over the years.  Oh, did I mention that I added cheese, too?  Yep.  Monterey Jack.  Y’all, this is seriously amazing.  You need to try it.  And pin it on Pinterest so others can try it to.  Enjoy!

This recipe for Green Bean Casserole takes the classic dish up a notch by adding bacon, mushrooms, and cheese! It's a new Thanksgiving must-have!

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Ultimate Green Bean Casserole
 
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Serves: 8 to 10
Ingredients
  • 6 strips bacon
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1½ cup chopped button mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (10.5-ounce) cans cream of mushroom condensed soup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 (14.5-ounce) cans cut green beans, drained
  • 1½ cups French fried onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium low heat until crisp. Remove to drain on paper towels, then crumble. Drain away all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease, then return the pan to medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the undiluted mushroom soup and add the crumbled bacon back. Stir to combine. Stir in the milk and cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fold in the green beans until well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Top with the fried onions. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the casserole is hot a bubbly.

 

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  1. What brand of green beans do you use or recommend please?

  2. Lane Edwards says:

    How about fresh cooked POLE beans???

  3. I agree! Green bean casserole wouldn’t be the same without those 3 ingredients, but that’s not to say it can’t be improved upon. I’m making your version this year!

  4. Could you clarify how much “French Fried Onions” should be used on the top of the casserole? It looks like it says 1 1/s cups French Fried Onion…. This sounds really good–can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  5. I would like to replace the canned beans with fresh, cooked beans. Can you recommend how many ounces I would use? Still 58?

  6. All except the french fried onions, could this be prepared the night before, or would it make it soggy?

    • I made mine last night and plan on putting the fried onions on and cooking today. My mother has been a professional cook for 35 years and she said I can do it this way. 🙂

  7. Can you use french style green beans?

  8. Something that I have always done is use all 4 kinds of green beans (whole, cut, French style & Italian) in my recipe. I love the way that makes the finished casserole look & taste.

  9. Do you think I could make this in a slow cooker?

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