This is not your ordinary holiday green bean casserole. This is the one my Mom made. I didn’t even know about the other green bean casserole until I was an adult, and have always preferred this one.

Mama's Green Bean Casserole

Lena Olmstead
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 8


  • Pre-heat oven to 350℉


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 4-6 cans french-style green beans, well drained (four cans fit into an 8x8 and six cans fit into a 7x11 baking dish)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • 1/2 bag +/- of potato chips, crushed
  • OR
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 pkg saltine crackers, crumbed


  • Melt butter in saucepan. Add next four ingredients, stirring constantly, until browned.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sour cream until smooth.
  • Add green beans and stir to coat.
  • Place in baking dish and top with cheese.
  • Place potato chips on top of cheese...
  • OR melt butter in saucepan and add cracker crumbs, stir over medium heat until crackers have browned slightly. Place on top of cheese.

Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes or until bubbly