There’s a lot of debate surrounding this topic. Who’s the real star of the show? The turkey or those Thanksgiving side dishes?
I definitely stand firmly on one side of this argument. I’m all about those Thanksgiving sides. Don’t get me wrong, that warm, juicy turkey pulled right out of the oven with its crisp, golden skin is pretty irresistible too, but what I look forward to most about a Thanksgiving meal is that glorious spread of side dishes — the creamy mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, savory stuffing, soft warm dinner rolls, even the homemade cranberry sauce.
But my absolute favorite Thanksgiving side of all time is that crave-worthy green bean casserole. However, this isn’t your average cream of whatever green bean casserole. This recipe is made with onions slowly sautéed in melted butter, sour cream, Swiss cheese, topped with crunchy French fried onions and baked until it’s hot and bubbly. This recipe is so delicious that you might not ever go back to the basic version again, or if you weren’t ever a fan of the green bean casserole to begin with, this variation will definitely change your mind.
Although I’ve always been a fan of the standard green bean casserole, when I tried my sister-in-law Amber Salvey’s recipe for the first time 14 years ago, I immediately tossed that Campbell’s recipe and replaced it with this one. I’m pretty positive you will too, because it really is so delicious that you’ll never go back to the basic version again!
I’m going to be honest with you though. My sister-in-law and I have both made this green bean casserole so many times that we both have different variations of it, neither of which are written down. But we put our heads together and tried our best to come up with a recipe that closely resembles our versions, so don’t be afraid to play with the ingredients. For example, she only uses the Kellogg’s corn flakes crumbs, and I use French fried onions. But one thing we both can agree on is how much we absolutely love this dish no matter how it’s made!
Green Bean Casserole
4 tablespoons butter
1 large sweet onion
3 tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons sugar
2 cups sour cream
4 cans whole green beans
1/2 pound Swiss cheese
1 6-ounce French’s French Fried Onions or Kellogg’s corn flakes crumbs
Sauté diced onions in butter until translucent, add sugar and flour cook another 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat. Add sour cream. Gently fold in green beans. Transfer to baking dish (if not cooking in cast iron), top with Swiss cheese and crunched French Fried Onions, loosely cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for remaining 15, or until French fried onions are browned and cheese is bubbling.