With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s only natural if you plan to make green bean casserole.
For those wondering why it’s an American baked dish usually made and served at Thanksgiving.
It’s typically served as a side dish, but you can also serve it as a main dish.
Green bean casserole typically contains beans, French fried onions and cream of mushroom soup, and other ingredients.
You will also require sides when you serve it as a main dish.
So, what to serve with green bean casserole? Let’s find out more below.
Why Consider Serving Side Dishes with Green Bean Casserole?
Though you can serve green bean casserole as a main dish, it isn’t that filling, and you won’t stay full for long.
So, you need a few side dishes to make you whole and balance the meal.
If by chance, you have plans to invite many guests to dinner or an event, you will certainly need several side dishes to pair with the green beans.
Of course, it’s never enjoyable to eat only one dish.
It can get boring, and the meal will not be complete.
So, a few side dishes can come in handy.
What to Serve with Green Bean Casserole? 10 BEST Side Dishes
You can serve many side dishes alongside green bean casserole, but it’s impossible to mention all of them here.
So, we will list only the ten best that go with the casserole.
1. Super Crispy Chicken Tenders
Veggies and meat taste good together and make a complete meal.
So, crispy chicken tenders can be a good side dish for green bean casserole.
The dish is easy to make though you have to undergo several steps.
But you’ll be pleased with the yield.
There are many recipes to choose from, so you can make the one you like best.
Many home cooks complain that the exterior doesn’t get as crispy as they want, but that’s because they aren’t doing it correctly.
The trick is not to skimp on the dipping and coating ingredients, namely, eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs.
2. Grilled Steak
It’s another meat dish, but grilled steak can be a tasty partner for green bean casserole.
If your dinner doesn’t involve many guests, it will be perfect for serving with the beans.
Grilled steak doesn’t take much time to make and doesn’t require many ingredients.
With just salt, pepper, olive oil, and of course, the meat, you can cook a juicy, tender, and slightly charred steak in about half an hour.
Choosing the proper cut of meat is also essential for a perfectly grilled steak.
If you want to cook it fast, meat cuts like flank, sirloin and ribeye are what you should look for.
3. Seared Scallops
Seared scallops are a good option if you want to add seafood to your menu.
The dish complements green bean casserole, and it’s delicious.
Scallops have a slightly sweet taste and a tender, buttery texture.
Seared scallops take only five minutes to prep and three minutes to cook, and you can serve them immediately.
There is also no need for many ingredients as it tastes terrific even when cooked with just salt, pepper, and some olive and unsalted butter for searing the scallops.
4. French Onion Soup
You can also serve soup with green bean casserole.
You can make any soup, and any type will complement the green beans dish.
However, you can make French onion soup for the occasion as it’s creamier, heavier, and easy to make.
French onion soup has always been a favorite dish in the country of its origin, but it also gained popularity in the US since the 1960s, and now it’s a common item during many events.
Typical French onion soup contains beef broth or stock (or chicken), yellow onions, croutons, bread, and grated cheese.
You can make a sufficient portion depending on the number of people you invite.
5. Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and cheese are among the most favorite comfort foods in many places.
The dish is versatile, and you can pair it with many items, including green bean casserole.
Macaroni and cheese are common, but they taste yummy when cooked perfectly.
The key is to make the sauce the right way, and you’ll see your guests gorging on the food.
You can use cheddar and mozzarella cheese to create the perfect mac and cheese dish.
For an enhanced flavor and a twist, put bread crumbs on top of mac and cheese and place the pan in the oven until they turn golden brown.
Cornbread is a staple Southern side dish you can serve with different items.
It also tastes lovely with green bean casserole, so we’re adding it to the list.
It’s easy to make cornbread, but it provides plenty of flavors.
The classic cornbread is made only with cornmeal, water, and salt.
But many variations have come up, and many use baking powder, baking soda, eggs, butter, and other ingredients.
You can also make sweet or savory versions according to preference.
If you want a savory version, spice it up by adding chili powder and jalapenos.
7. Seared Ahi Tuna
Green beans taste great with any non-veg dish, so we’re adding a fish dish to the list.
Seared ahi tuna can also be a suitable side dish for green bean casserole.
Ahi tuna or yellowfin tuna is a popular sashimi ingredient, but you can also cook it in different ways.
It has a milder flavor and firm texture than skipjack, and its meat is leaner than bluefin tuna.
Seared ahi tuna is a popular dish and also easy to make.
It takes just five minutes to cook the dish.
However, you’ll need more time to prep (10 minutes) and marinate (one hour).
8. Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
All vegetables are versatile and taste good when you serve them side by side.
Broccoli and cauliflower gratin is also excellent dish to serve with green bean casserole.
Broccoli and cauliflower are both cruciferous vegetables, so they have similar features.
When you make a dish with these two veggies, you’ll have a combo that blends perfectly.
Any gratin dish is delicious, and the broccoli and cauliflower version is no less yummy.
You won’t regret making the dish when you bite into the slightly browned cheese and breadcrumbs.
9. Sweet Potato Fries
How about some fries to go with green bean casserole? But instead of the humble spuds, you can use sweet potatoes.
Since they’re sweet, you’ll have a combo of flavors when you serve the two dishes side by side.
Making Sweet potato fries is easy as you follow the steps when making regular fries.
However, you can add or omit ingredients according to preference or availability.
Adding many items may remove the sweet potatoes’ flavors, so it’s best to keep it simple.
You can make the fries with sweet potatoes, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.
10. Buttered Noodles
Buttered noodles may be simple, but they’re yummy, and of course, they taste fantastic with green bean casserole.
The dish requires few ingredients and a little time to cook.
Hence, if you’re short of time, buttered noodles would be a great side dish with the veggie dish.
You need only noodles, butter, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese to make a tasty dish.
The key to making perfectly cooked noodles is to make them tender but still firm.
If you cook them longer, they will become gooey; if you take them out sooner, you’ll have half-cooked noodles.
The list contains a variety of dishes, so you have multiple options.
If you have plenty of guests to serve, choose dishes you can cook quickly and in large portions.
You can cook not one but 3-4 dishes, so your guests enjoy the meal and fill up their bellies.
Moreover, you’ll also have the chance to show your cooking skills.