Elegant Green Bean Casserole has all the flavors we love with traditional green bean casserole, but here the green beans are first sautéd in olive oil infused with garlic, with a splash of white wine and soy sauce. The final result provides a new "elegant" perspective on a family favorite.
Ingredients to have on hand
- fresh green beans
- canned water chestnuts
- white wine, or a substitute
- soy sauce
- cream of mushroom soup
- crispy fried onions
Avoid Chopping the Green Beans
There's something that's impressive and elegant about having full-sized green beans on the plate. I get it, sometimes the longer beans are a little tricky to work with. So here's what I do, when sautéing the beans in the first step of this recipe, it helps to use tongs to turn and coat the green beans in the olive oil.
It sounds like a super special way to cook, but to sauté something simply means to cook it quickly in hot oil or fat and that's exactly how this recipe starts. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. I love my Le Creuset pan for this recipe. It was a gift from my sister-in-law and it cooks ALL things beautifully! I highly recommend it. Heat the oil until it starts to shimmer, then add a teaspoon of fresh garlic.
Cook and stir the garlic for about a minute, then add the green beans and use tongs to turn them while they cook.
I don't recommend making the switch to canned green beans. The distinctive tenderness we find with canned green beans will give this recipe a much different presentation and the cooking time on the stove would be lessened. Frozen green beans are likely a better substitute, but I haven't made this recipe using frozen green beans so can't vouch for that option. I prefer the freshness of the green beans we buy from the produce section of the grocery store or from our favorite farmers market.
Add a splash of wine
I usually have plenty of white wine in the house so the two tablespoons needed for this recipe, basically a splash of wine, are easy to come by. But I totally understand that you may not want to buy an entire bottle of wine, just to use two tablespoons. If that's the case, I like the substitutions mapped about by Kraft Heinz - as a general rule, chicken or vegetable broth makes a nice substitute for white wine in cooking.
Use One Can of Soup
All you need is a 10.5 ounce can of condensed cream of mushroom soup. Open it up and pour the contents over the sautéd green beans. No water or milk is needed. The white wine and soy sauce both provide plenty of liquid and amazing flavor to this recipe.
Elegant Green Bean Casserole is made from scratch and a family favorite. It's perfect for holidays, or any time you want an impressive side dish. Here are some of my other favorite sides. Each one is made from scratch and a family favorite in my house:
- Blue Cheese and Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes
- Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- Zucchini Stuffing
- Creamed Corn
- Cheesy Grits
Have you made one of these yummy sides? Remember to come back and leave a star rating when you make a recipe from the Crinkled Cookbook. I love seeing what you think!
Jennifer Wicker says
Can this be made ahead?
Melinda O'Malley Keckler says
Hi Jennifer, Yes this can be assembled a day in advance. Saute the green beans and combine the ingredients in the same order as listed in the recipe, then cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake. The only adjustments, I recommend holding off on adding the top layer of crispy fried onions until you bake the casserole and increasing the baking time by 10 *additional* minutes.
Deborah Mason says
Would like to.bring to a Thanksgiving hosted by a relative. Could I sauté at home then finish in the oven when I arrive at my destination? Also, can this be made vegan or vegetarian?
Melinda O'Malley Keckler says
Hi Deborah, I LOVE your question... so I prepared this again with that step in mind. I sautéd the green beans with the garlic, soy sauce and white wine, then refrigerated and waited about 2 hours until assembling everything in a baking dish. Bottom line, if you assemble this after sautéing, please increase the baking time about 10 additional minutes in the oven to give the green beans enough time to soften. I think the dish is vegetarian as-is. 🙂 Let me know how this turns out for you!!
Julie Jeftich says
Definitely going to try this love the fact that fresh green beans are used.The wine and soy sauce also caught my eye.
Julie Rosenthal says
OOOOH! This looks amazing!
I love added wine and soy sauce. Yum! Sounds so delicious. I will make this for my family for sure. Such a perfect easy dinner recipe.