Holiday cooking is upon us and the questions have started – but one of the most common questions I see asked is “Can I make Green Bean Casserole in Advance?” The short answer is yes!
Green bean casserole is one of the classic side dishes that can be prepped ahead if you are planning on making a casserole version.
The long answer is while you can make this dish and prep the night before, there are a few ways to make sure that your dish stays as fresh as day of making.
The first thing you have to decide with green bean casserole is what KIND of casserole are you making. Many people grew up with canned green bean casserole that is made with Campbell’s soup and canned greened beans. This type of recipe is certainly the most well known and the one you probably ate growing up. And trust me, I am not going to knock it! Its totally delicious.
But there are other ways to make green bean casserole depending on the type of bean you want to use – fresh, frozen, or canned and if you want to use canned soup or create your own homemade cream.
So lets discuss that really quick.
Green Bean Casserole Recipes
- Green Bean Casserole in a Slow Cooker – no need to really make green bean casserole the night before if you use a slow cooker. You wont need an oven or a stove top, dump your ingredients (using frozen green beans for ease) and pop on low for 5 hours. This is a great side dish to make at the same time as your turkey so it all ends at the same time and a slow cooker helps this recipe stay good and warm.
- Green Bean Casserole from Scratch – This green bean casserole recipes scratches the canned condensed soups and opts for fresh mushrooms, chicken broth and whole whipping cream for my favorite way to make this classic side. This recipe needs around 15 minutes or preparation and you could easily cover and store for the next day before adding some French’s, popping in the oven to warm and finish.
- Green Bean Casserole with Fresh Green Beans – You can certainty prepare this green bean casserole with fresh green beans ahead of time. Just make sure you steam or pressure cook your green beans first and then the rest is assembly and storage until cooking time.
Making Green Bean Casserole ahead of Time
REFRIGERATION AND STORAGE
As with all food, make sure the casserole dish is sealed tightly with foil prior to fridge. This keeps smells and tastes out of the food as well as keeps it as fresh as possible.
READY TO COOK
Its best to let your casserole out of the fridge and to room temperature for about 15 minutes to take the chill off. The fridge makes food extra cold and that can make the temperatures off and longer in the oven for warming, resulting in dryer food. If you have an opportunity to bring your food closer to a regular cold or room temperature, it will cook a lot more like the original recipe.
KEEPING THE TOPPINGS CRUNCHY
Green Bean casseroles typically have French’s fried onions or other bread crumb/cracker toppings. Do not add those onto the recipe when prepping ahead of time and putting in fridge. Instead add onions and toppings before going in the oven. This will help keep the topping crunchy as the fridge will soften them out.
Is Green Bean Casserole Healthy?
To be honest, there are so many nutritional diets, needs, and goals that people have that health is a very important and personal decision. I am all about balance and find that green bean casserole, even if a little indulgent with some crunchy fried onions, is worth eating on holidays.
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