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Fresh Green Bean Casserole

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Green Bean Casserole in the dish

Fresh Green Bean Casserole is loaded with fresh tender green beans, bacon, mushrooms, green onions, croutons, and a creamy garlic dill sauce with lots of melted cheese! It’s truly the most delicious side dish EVER! 

True confessions! We not huge fans of the traditional canned green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and all those crunchy onion things at this Nest! (The previous sentence could be totally understated! My actual feelings are much stronger.) 

However, there are also very strong opinions at this house over how to prepare green beans.

I love green beans. I love them steamed…or gussied up. I love them canned, frozen, or fresh. I love green beans and ham! (Sorry I couldn’t resist) However, the “mister” at this Nest will only eat “fresh” green beans, and only if they are slathered in bacon and onions. He is not a fan of the “plain” green bean. (Poor green beans…so picked on at this Nest!)

One thing we can agree on…traditional green bean casserole is not our favorite Holiday recipe. I know there are lovers of the canned green bean casserole and I get it. It’s tradition. So is Fruit Cake. 

When I was looking for a new recipe for Thanksgiving this year, I ran across this Fresh Green Bean Casserole on Yummly. It had all the “Misters” required elements…Fresh Green Beans and bacon!

In addition it has quartered mushroom, green onions, croutons, and a scrumptious cream sauce with loads of melted cheese. I was a tad skeptical about the croutons…but I’m here to tell you…AMAZING!!!

How To Make Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Preheat oven to 350°

In a small bowl combine 2 cups sour cream, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon garlic powder and ½ teaspoon dill weed. I know this is a strange combination, but it’s works in this casserole.

sour cream, dill weed, sugar, and salt in a bowl

Prepare fresh green beans by cutting off the tips and ends. Cut them into 1 ½ inch lengths.  You’ll need about 6 cups cut up green beans.

In a large sauce pan boil 6 cups of water. Add beans in batches, cook uncovered just until tender crisp.  2-3 minutes per batch should be long enough. 

cut green beans in boiling water

Drain beans after each batch and place in a large bowl. Aren’t those beans beautiful?! Nothing beats fresh green beans. I purchase mine at Costco! They have fantastic green beans.

cooked green beans

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and cook over medium heat in a skillet until crisp. Place bacon on paper towel to drain.

Reserve 6 tablespoons of bacon fat for cooking the mushrooms and onions in. In the same skillet you cooked your bacon in, add the reserved bacon fat, add 1 pound quartered mushrooms.  Add six chopped green onions and cook over medium heat.

cooking mushroom and green onions over medium heat

Cook until mushrooms are tender about 4-6 minutes. Add 3 teaspoons minced garlic. Cook an additional minute.

adding garlic to mushroom in skillet

Remove from heat and add to Green Beans. Add cooked bacon. 

Adding mushroom mixture to green beans

Now for the fun part…it’s a little bit crazy, but its so good!

Add 2 cups partially crushed onion and garlic croutons. I know this is going to make you pause and question this recipe…please trust me…they’re outstanding in this casserole.

adding crushed crouton to green beans

Stir in the Sour Cream mixture. Mix until everything is well coated.

Sour cream mixture added to casserole ingredients

Place the green bean casserole mixture in an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish. Spread mixture around evenly. 

Green bean casserole mixture in greased baking dish

Cover the top of the casserole with 2 cups shredded Jack Cheese.

Shredded cheese on top of casserole

That’s it! We’re skipping the crunchy onion things on this dish. You won’t miss them! Don’t do it…this casserole doesn’t need it.

Bake in preheated 350° oven for 25-30 minutes. The cheese should be nice and bubbly with hints of golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

TIP: You can also bake this recipe in a slow cooker casserole dish for about 1 hour on low and remove the pan to brown the top in your oven for about 5 minutes. 

Baked Green Bean Casserole

From the first scoop I knew we had a winner! The croutons cook up like stuffing in a rich cream sauce. The flavor from the mushrooms, onions and bacon take this casserole to places canned mushroom soup can only dream of!

Green bean casserole with a serving missing.

All that scrumptious melted ooey-gooey jack cheese…beats crunchy onions any day of the week!

My entire family was in love at first bite! My nephews had seconds and thirds of this casserole! Twenty year old boys ate three servings of GREEN BEANS!!! MAKE THIS CASSEROLE! They declared it the best new recipe and a must have at all future family dinners!

Do you really need a better recommendation?! I don’t think so! This Fresh Green Bean Casserole with Bacon is going in the family recipe book for generations to come! It’s just that good!

I hope you’ll give this new recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed.

A few special cooking tips

  • This casserole can be cooked in a casserole slow cooker on low for an hour and half to two hours. Place casserole dish in a 350° oven for 10 minutes to brown cheese. 
  • Green beans can be cooked ahead of time and chilled in refrigerator over night to make prep of this dish easier.
  • Sour cream sauce can also be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to make. 
  • This casserole reheats beautifully in the microwave.

 

Fresh Green Bean Casserole in casserole dish

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Yield: 8 servings

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Baked Green Bean Casserole

Fresh Green Bean Casserole is loaded with fresh tender green beans, bacon, mushrooms, green onions, croutons, and creamy garlic dill sauce and lots of melted cheese! It's truly the most delicious side dish EVER! 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 pounds, or 6 cups, fresh green beans, trimmed, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 1 pound fresh mushroom, quartered
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups partially crushed onion & garlic croutons
  • 2 cups shredded jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a medium bowl combine sour cream, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and dill weed. Mix well. Set aside.
  3. In a large sauce pan boil 6 cups water. Add prepared green beans in batches. Cook uncovered just until crisp tender, 2-3 minutes per batch. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  4. In a skillet cook bacon pieces until crispy. Drain on paper towel. Reserve 6 tablespoon bacon fat. In the same skillet you cooked the bacon in, add the reserved bacon fat. Add mushroom and chopped onions. Cook over medium heat until mushrooms are tender. 4-6 minutes. Add minced garlic. Cook an additional minute. Remove from heat.
  5. Add mushrooms to green beans. Add in bacon and crushed croutons. Stir in sour cream mixture until everything is well coated.
  6. Place in ungreased 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly golden brown.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 610Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1206mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 33g

 

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Marina

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

This was super delicious! So happy to finally have a green bean casserole that didn't taste like metal cans! 10/10 would recommend

norine@norinesnest.com

Friday 27th of November 2020

Hi Marina! I feel the same way about this green bean casserole. I made it yesterday for Thanksgiving and everyone LOVED it! It's so good and like nothing I've ever had. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your Holidays. Come back soon. Happy Nesting, Norine

Rebecca Sloan

Monday 15th of June 2020

Just tried this recipe. Very disappointed. The green beans were not done, very crispy. Also, the croutons partially crushed just stayed crunchy, the ones that weren't crunched. Might be better to crush them all. Hardly any flavor at all from the casserole. You stated in the recipe "creamy garlic dill sauce". The only garlic was to be put in with the mushroom onion mixture. Also, the reserved bacon grease I assume was for using in the mushroom onion sauté mixture. Anyway, it sounded so good just not sure what went wrong with mine. I will check out your other recipes and I do appreciate your website, very nice picture taking too. Thanks!

norine@norinesnest.com

Monday 15th of June 2020

Hi Becky! First thank you for your comments. I always appreciate hearing the good and the bad. I'm sorry you were disappointed in this recipe. I've made it several times and it turns out perfect every time, so I'm not sure why it didn't work out for you. In fact my Sister-in-law made this recently and said it turned out fantastic. The beans in this recipe are tender crisp, but should not be very crispy. If you do decide to give this recipe another try, I would do the "tender crisp" boil before hand a little bit longer than the 2-3 minutes listed in the recipe. Try 5 minutes. If you have a thicker bean that could why. I'm a little speechless on the lack of flavor. The croutons are garlic and onion, there is minced garlic, onions, bacon, bacon fat, mushrooms, dill...cheese. All ingredients with loads of flavor. I'm at a loss there. Sorry. Yes the reserved bacon grease is for cooking the mushrooms and onions in. I will go make that more clear in the recipe. Thank you for pointing that out. I do hope you'll come back and try some of my other recipes. Again, sorry this didn't work out for you. Have a Great Week! ~Norine