7 recipes for green bean casserole for Thanksgiving

From the classic Campbell's Soup recipe to fresher alternatives that feature no mushrooms, here are seven ways to prepare green beans for your holiday table.

6. Green bean casserole with tarragon and hazelnuts

The Runaway Spoon
This variation of green bean casserole uses fresh herbs and hazelnuts for a more sophisticated flavor in a favorite Thanksgiving dish.

By Perre Coleman MagnessThe Runaway Spoon

Serves 8, this recipe can easily double

2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1/4 cup butter
4 shallots, halved and sliced into thin half moons
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
3 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
zest and juice of one lemon
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup heavy cream
6 ounces Gruyere, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 8- by 8-inch baking dish.

2. Cut the trimmed green beans into roughly one inch pieces. Bring a large skillet of water to a boil and drop in the beans. Boil for about a minute, just until the bright color of the beans comes out. Drain the beans and plunge into cold water to cool. Drain again.

3. Wipe out the skillet and melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the shallot strands and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot is soft and just beginning to turn a pale caramel brown, about 4 minutes. Add the hazelnuts, stir and cook for about 2 minutes, then stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute. Do not let the garlic brown. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the green beans, tarragon, the lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice until everything is evenly distributed. Set aside to cool.

4. Mix the mayonnaise and cream together in small bowl, then add it to the green beans, stirring to coat well. Spread a layer of beans in the baking dish, sprinkle over half the cheese, then layer the remaining beans and cheese.

5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake a further 10 minutes. Serve immediately.Note: The casserole can prepared several hours before baking and kept covered in the refrigerator.

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