Green Beans

Full of flavor, green beans make a great side dish for Christmas dinner. Whether you prefer the classic kind of green bean casserole Mom used to make or prefer something more adventurous, you'll find the perfect Christmastime side dish in our collection of green bean recipes.

How to Make Green Beans

Planning to serve green beans for dinner tonight...again? Instead of steaming or boiling them, try a new and easy method for how to cook green beans: roasting. The beans come out tender but with just the right amount of crispness, and they're filled with flavor, thanks to the caramelizing that occurs with roasting. You can toss in herbs and spices, but the beans are just as delicious left plain.

How to Steam Green Beans

Steaming is one of the healthiest methods of cooking vegetables, and learning how to steam green beans will provide a side dish that can be paired with almost any meal.

How to Cook Green Beans

If your mind immediately goes to boiling or steaming when you think of how to cook green beans, you're missing out on a terrific option for showcasing their natural flavors: roasting. As with other vegetables, roasting brings out the flavor of your green beans without reducing them to mush. The end result is slightly firm on the outside and tender on the inside. Roasted green beans even make for a fun finger food substitute for French fries, making them a popular way to entice kids to eat more veggies. You may even want to offer ranch or other dressing for dipping.

Green Bean Tart


Sauteed Green Beans with Parmesan

Family Circle

Green beans are tender but retain a hint of crunchiness when you boil and quickly saute.

Total: 20 mins

Holiday Green Beans and Bacon

Better Homes and Gardens

It's easy to dress up frozen green beans by adding colorful carrots and smoky bacon.

Total: 30 mins

Alfredo Green Beans

Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Green Bean Bundles

Family Circle

These capicola-wrapped bites wow the taste buds with a smoky, salty burst.

Bacon-Topped Green Bean Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens

Garlic-Mustard Green Beans

Better Homes and Gardens

Dress up fresh or frozen green beans with bacon and onion and serve as a beautiful holiday side dish.

Total: 25 mins

Lemony Green Beans

Midwest Living

Speed up this holiday-worthy vegetable side dish by parboiling the green beans the day before your big meal.

Sweet-Sour Beans

Midwest Living

Make these German-style, bacon-flavored beans as a side dish to roast beef or pork.

Total: 30 mins

Parsleyed Green Beans

Better Homes and Gardens

This recipe offers a fresh mix of garlic, green beans, and parsley for a delicious side dish that is elegant enough to serve at a special meal but easy enough to make for a weeknight supper.

Green Beans with Basil and Mint

Better Homes and Gardens

A great recipe especially if you need a side dish in a hurry. Green beans, red sweet pepper, garlic, basil, and mint, make a vibrant, yet tasty addition to your dinner table.

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