Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes

garlic parmesan green beans
Photo: Photographer: Isaac Nunn, Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without green beans on the table. Your family might be firmly in the casserole camp and crispy onions are a non-negotiable. Or maybe they prefer sautéed green beans, for a brighter, lighter side to help balance out the richness of the mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Quick or slow cooked, with or without bacon, these green bean recipes are the perfect side for any Thanksgiving menu, whether traditional or unconventional. With crunchy toppings, like crispy leeks and elevated flavors from lemon and browned butter, these Thanksgiving green bean recipes will make you want to eat your veggies and might even have the pickiest of eaters reaching for seconds.

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Green Beans with Garlic

Green Beans with Garlic
Jim Franco; Styling: Leslie Siegel

Recipe: Green Beans with Garlic

Sometimes simple is best for Thanksgiving sides, and these green beans demonstrate why. Salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic are all that's needed to make these simple but delicious green beans.

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Green Beans with Bacon Breadcrumbs

Green Beans with Bacon Breadcrumbs
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

Recipe: Green Beans with Bacon Breadcrumbs

Homemade bacon bread crumbs are a flavorful twist on a holiday green bean side. They're so good, you may never top your green beans with commercial fried onions again.

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Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
Caitlin Bensel/Southern Living

Recipe: Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Stovetop and oven space are tight on Thanksgiving. Free up some room with this slow cooker side. For a special twist, we've replaced the can of cream of mushroom soup with jarred Alfredo sauce for extra cheesy, savory flavor.

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Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions

Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions Recipe
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions

This easy side requires little prep and just a handful of ingredients, but guests will never know, because it looks and tastes so sophisticated. The balsamic vinegar brings the right amount of tang and subtle sweetness to balance out the savory onions and garlicky beans.

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Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole

Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole

Recipe: Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole

Why make two separate vegetable sides when you can roll them into one delicious dish? Plus, this Thanksgiving reen beans recipe can be made up to three days in advance for the ultimate stress-free side.

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Green Bean Almondine

green bean almondine
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Green Bean Almondine

The term almondine may sound fancy or complicated but is a fairly simple way of making any vegetable taste great. It's the French cooking technique of garnishing something with crunchy almonds, a touch of fresh lemon, and browned butter. In this recipe, we use it to bring nutty flavor to green beans.

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Southern-Style Green Beans


Recipe: Southern-Style Green Beans

If you prefer your Thanksgiving green beans cooked down with flavorful ham hocks, then this is the side dish for you. It's a no frills recipe that requires few ingredients and just a little patience as the beans slowly cook.

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Smothered Green Beans

Smothered Green Beans
Greg Dupree; Food Stylist: Emily Neighbors Hall; Prop Stylist: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Smothered Green Beans

For a recipe with so few ingredients, it really packs a flavorful punch on the plate. From the salty shallot-bacon topping to the tomato paste and chicken broth glaze that "smothers" the beans, this vegetable side is anything but boring.

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Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
Linda Puglies; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks

No one will even miss the store-bought fried onions once they try these homemade crispy leeks, a real game changer on this otherwise classic green bean casserole.

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Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

garlic parmesan green beans
Photographer: Isaac Nunn, Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Cheese and bacon will never fail to make a dish extra tasty. In this recipe, they team up to add tons of flavor to a straightforward side dish.

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Lemon-Sauteed Green Beans

Lemon Sauteed Green Beans
Greg Dupree Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Lemon-Sauteed Green Beans

Using both the lemon zest and juice ensures the crisp and crunchy green beans are a bright and refreshing palette cleanser among all the cheesy, buttery goodness on the Thanksgiving table.

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Green Bean Lasagna

Green Bean Lasagna
Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Green Bean Lasagna

This bold green bean side combines the best of green bean casserole and lasagna into one gooey, cheesy dish. We bet it will be the unexpected hit of the night.

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Slow-Cooker Green Beans

Slow-Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans

If you want to make green beans like Grandma used to, this is the recipe for you. Topped with crunchy bits of bacon and flavored with fresh thyme, this nostalgic side is bursting with flavor.

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