We’re already a week into November which means we should be talking about Thanksgiving, right?! This year I have teamed up with a local grocery store here in the Twin Cities, Lunds and Byerly’s, to create three fun and unique Thanksgiving recipes. Twists on classics, if you will. First up: the good ‘ol green bean casserole.
Green bean casserole is a staple that has been at my family’s Thanksgiving table since I can remember. There’s something so comforting about that creamy yet slightly mushy green bean filling combined with the crunchy fried onions on top. While I’m not one to pass up a generous helping of the traditional casserole, I think I have found a new favorite green bean dish for the holidays: Brown Sugar Glazed Green Beans with Caramelized Onions, Cranberries, Goat Cheese, and Walnuts. Now THAT is a mouthful!
The dish starts out with fresh, not canned, green beans, cooked in a mixture of butter, brown sugar and dijon mustard. They are sautéed until cooked through but still a bit crunchy. The only other things you will have to cook are the walnuts and onions, which are preferably done low and slow to get that rich caramelized flavor and color. (p.s. the walnuts and onions can definitely be prepared a day in advance) After that, you simply top the green beans with the caramelized onions, dried cranberries, creamy goat cheese, and toasted walnuts.
In addition to being packed with flavor, I would say this green bean dish is a healthier option compared to green bean casserole, as there are no Cream of Mushroom Soup cans or fried onions anywhere to be found! It will definitely be making an appearance at my family’s Thanksgiving table this year and I hope at yours too!