Holiday Green Bean Casserole Recipe
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Holiday Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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Try this green bean casserole this year, and you'll never go back to the old stuff. — Laura Fall-Sutton, Buhl, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 8 cups cut fresh green beans (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 144 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Place beans in a Dutch oven and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms in butter until tender. Stir in flour, onion and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in beans and cheese until blended.
  3. Transfer to an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray (dish will be full). Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over the top.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 12-16 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Holiday Green Beans in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p37

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luvdemgrits User ID: 8486223 232904
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Yum.. I never cared for the greasy fried onions but GBC is always tradition..

Thank you for this great recipe.. I wonder if we are related :) Sutton my Fathers decedents came from England, and settled in N.Y. Food and History, what could be better?

madmadmommy User ID: 8120463 117313
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"I HATE green bean casserole and LOVE this. Ten kids...and every single one of them is a fan.

Oh, and a suggestion to the lady with the sour cream problem - greek yogurt. This is a Thanksgiving staple at our house....3 years running"

Le.Breeze User ID: 7514497 96581
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I got rave reviews from all on this dish. I did add some seasoning salt to the creamy mixture to boost the seasoning. I used a bag of fresh cut green beans. I also used the almonds and french fried onions for the topping. I even pre cooked the beans the day before and then assembled and baked the next day. A keeper!"

Jellybug User ID: 53068 176272
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013


laura78 User ID: 6839070 162883
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"I read the reviews before I started cooking and made some adjustments based on them. I added salt to the beans while they were cooking but several people commented it needed more salt. I will add salt to the creamy mushroom mixture next time. I tripled the amount of dried onion and thought it could have used a little more. This recipe was more work than the traditional green bean casserole I've always made, but I liked this one better and besides the salt comments, it got good reviews by my family and in-laws this Thanksgiving."

sundayschild User ID: 1930443 108112
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"What is with people who have not tried the recipe, but gve only one star saying, "We don't do sour cream. We don't like the taste or the fat and calories." You are supposed to rate the recipe after you've made it, NOT the ingredients! duh!"

chefperujester User ID: 6846066 181176
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Very bland version of the traditional green bean casserole. It definitely lack salt and pepper. I cooked my beans in a salted water bath as I normally do and it helped, but the cream base needs help too. I also quadrupled the amount of dried onion and I think it could even use a bit more. Probably not going to work this recipe again. However, the swiss cheese was a nice touch."

grannysnail User ID: 743232 159571
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"I substituted frozen, thawed green beans but was unimpressed overall with the texture of beans and lack of flavor as well."

bahaokie User ID: 2608373 109782
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"I might rate it higher if I could find a substitute for the sour cream. We don't do sc. We don't like the taste or the fat and calories!"

abrimmer User ID: 3349314 162882
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2009

"Let me start off by saying that I have always hated green beans! However, the picture of these holiday green beans really made me want to give them a try. To my surprise, I LOVED them! This is the first time I haven't wanted to gag eating a green bean! I even ate the leftovers! This recipe is now a family favorite. Thank you Laura for getting me to eat a veggie that I've despised since childhood. :)"

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