Greeky Green Bean Casserole
By: Eleni Saltas
Introducing a twist to the classic green bean casserole—my Greek inspired green beans! Let’s elevate the ordinary to extraordinary. This Greeky green bean casserole embraces the flavors of Greek cuisine with tender green beans bathed in luscious blend of feta, Greek yogurt, and spices.
Enjoy as your next Thanksgiving side dish or, any delicious get together.
1 ½ pounds fresh green beans*
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups (16 ounces) cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup plain crispy baked pita chips, crushed well (for topping)
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Trim the ends of the green beans, and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces.
Blanch the green beans in salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent. Add minced garlic and sliced mushrooms, sautéing until the mushrooms release their moisture. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
Gradually whisk in the broth, mixing constantly so no lumps form. Add the feta cheese, oregano, and paprika, and stir to combine well. Season more to taste. Remove from heat and add Greek yogurt.
Fold in the green beans into the sauce, ensuring they are well coated.
Transfer the mixture to a greased 9” x 13” baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. Halfway through the cooking process, add the crushed baked pita chips. Continue to cook until bubbly and golden on top.
Sprinkle chopped parsley if desired, and serve warm!
If you’re using canned green beans, please note that the texture and flavor may vary. Canned beans won’t require blanching, and the overall cooking time in the oven may be reduced.
This green bean casserole can be prepared ahead of time up to step 6. After folding the green beans into the sauce transfer the mixture to the baking dish but refrain from adding the pita chips so they don’t get mushy. Refrigerate the assembled casserole overnight. When ready to serve, preheat the oven and add the crushed pita chips during the last 10 minutes of baking to maintain their crispness.