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Epic Green Bean Casserole Appetizer Recipe

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These Mini Green Bean Casserole Appetizer Bites offer a delicious variation to the usual holiday side dish. Serving them in individual phyllo cups adds a crunch to the creaminess of classic green bean casserole, making them the perfect vegan appetizer.

Take a couple of cups of your leftover Vegan Green Bean Casserole and stuff the mixture into baked phyllo cups, top with crispy fried onions, and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 5 minutes and BAM, you have an awesome party appetizer that people will love.

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Epic Green Bean Casserole Appetizer Recipe

If you love mushrooms you’re in for a treat with this vegan cream of mushroom soup used in this healthy version of green bean casserole appetizer. Using fresh mushrooms along with fresh garlic cloves, this soup is so much better than the canned cream of mushroom soup and will take your appetizers to the next level. Plus, it’s dairy-free so all of your guests will be able to enjoy them. 

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What they are saying about these vegan green bean casserole bites

Such a fabulous twist and a great recipe! Everyone loved them!

– Stephanie

3 Reasons Why You Will Love This Green Bean Casserole Appetizer Recipe

  • Fun Way: These green bean phyllo cups offer a fun way and a delicious new twist on a favorite Thanksgiving side dish. The dairy-free cream of mushroom soup provides a rich and savory flavor, ensuring that even those with dietary restrictions can enjoy this festive vegan treat.
  • Convenient Phyllo Cups: The use of phyllo cups makes these bites not only delicious but also convenient. The flaky and crispy texture of the phyllo pastry complements the creamy mushroom sauce and tender green beans, creating a delightful contrast that’s sure to please.
  • Perfect for Entertaining: The bite-sized nature of these mini green bean casseroles makes them ideal for entertaining. They’re easy to serve as appetizers during the holiday season and look great on your Thanksgiving table, or on a festive Christmas spread, New Year’s Eve party, or even a Super Bowl party. Plus, they allow guests to enjoy the flavors of the classic holiday side dish without committing to a larger portion, making them a crowd-pleaser.

Here are more favorite Thanksgiving sides made healthy!


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Ingredients for this Epic Green Bean Casserole Appetizer Recipe

The magic begins with this easy vegan green bean casserole. It’s made with this dairy free cream of mushroom soup that has a savory vegetable bouillon powder with nutritional yeast and a blend of herbs. A touch of coconut aminos or soy sauce, and dried mushroom powder infuse the soup with irresistible umami notes.

You can fill store-bought phyllo cups or make your own by placing the pastry sheets in a muffin tin.  Fill the cups with the delicious green bean casserole, then top with crispy fried onions, and these vegan green bean casserole bites are bound to be one of your favorite recipes.

You can find the full recipe card, including ingredient quantities, full instructions, and nutrition information below.

But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make these phyllo cup Christmas appetizers.

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Green Bean Casserole Appetizer Ingredients
  • Green Bean Casserole – this dairy-free recipe is perfect for these green bean appetizers.
  • Phyllo Sheets – be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure they are vegan.
  • French-Fried Onions
  • Olive Oil

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How to make this vegan green bean casserole appetizer

Creating this vegan green bean recipe is a breeze.

Start by making the green bean casserole.

Next, take one sheet of thawed phyllo dough, brush it lightly with oil or non-stick cooking spray, and repeat this process with 4 additional sheets, creating 5 layers. Carefully cut the layered phyllo into circles, adjusting the size based on your mini muffin tin. Gently press each circle into the cups of the mini muffin tin, forming cups resembling shells.

Then fill each cup with the green bean casserole and top with crispy onion.  Bake in the preheated oven until the cups turn golden brown, ensuring a crispy texture.

Serve these small portions of the classic side dish and watch everyone devour them. 

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  • 1. Start by making the green bean casserole.
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Phyllo sheets
  • 2. Take one sheet of thawed phyllo dough, brush it lightly with oil or non-stick cooking spray, and repeat this process with 4 additional sheets, creating 5 layers
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Cut phyllo cups
  • 3. Carefully cut the layered phyllo into circles, adjusting the size based on your mini muffin tin. Gently press each circle into the cups of the mini muffin tin, forming cups resembling shells.
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Green Bean Casserole Appetizer
  • 4. Then fill each cup with the green bean casserole and top with crispy onion.  Bake in the preheated oven until the cups turn golden brown, ensuring a crispy texture.

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FAQ’s

How do you keep phyllo dough moist?

Phyllo dough needs to be kept moist until you’re ready to work with it. Cover the stack of sheets with a damp towel while you are creating the cups.

How to keep phyllo cups from getting soggy?

When the green bean casserole cups are baked, transfer them to a wire rack, so air can circulate underneath the cups to prevent them from becoming soggy. Keep phyllo cups on a wire rack until ready to serve.

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Best way to keep appetizers warm at a party?

To keep phyllo cup appetizers warm while serving, consider using a chafing dish or a warming tray. Chafing dishes have a water pan beneath the food pan, and the combination of a small flame or electric heating element keeps the food warm without overcooking. Place the phyllo cups in the food pan of the chafing dish, and cover with the lid to retain heat.

Alternatively, a warming tray is an electric appliance designed to keep food warm. Arrange the phyllo cup appetizers on the warming tray, and adjust the temperature to maintain the desired warmth. Ensure that the tray is covered to prevent heat loss.

These methods allow you to present and serve your phyllo cup appetizers while keeping them at a pleasing temperature for your guests. You can also serve these bites at room temperature. 

What’s the best way to store phyllo cup appetizers?

To store these phyllo cup appetizers, follow these steps:

  1. Cool Completely: Allow the vegan green bean appetizers to cool completely before storing to prevent condensation.
  2. Refrigeration: Store the appetizers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use within a day or two for the best quality.
  3. Freezing: Phyllo dough can become soggy when frozen, but freezing can work for certain fillings. Freeze the phyllo cup appetizers in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag with layers separated by parchment paper. Label with the date and use within 2-3 months. I have not tried freezing these green bean casserole cups, so I cannot speak to their texture and flavor after freezing.
  4. Reheating: To reheat frozen or refrigerated phyllo cup appetizers, place them in a preheated oven (350°F or as per original baking instructions) until they are heated through and crispy. Alternatively, you can reheat them in an air fryer at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
  5. Avoid Moisture: Keep them away from moisture to prevent the phyllo dough from becoming soggy. You might place a paper towel in the container to absorb any excess moisture.

Remember that the texture of phyllo dough may change upon freezing and reheating, so it’s often best to enjoy them fresh.

Is phyllo dough gluten-free?

No, traditional phyllo dough is not gluten-free. It is made with wheat flour, water, and a small amount of oil or vinegar. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, and products made with wheat flour contain gluten.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, there are gluten-free phyllo dough options available in the health food section of the grocery store or online. These alternatives are typically made with a combination of gluten-free flours, such as rice flour, tapioca flour, or a blend of gluten-free grains. Always check the product labels to ensure that they are certified gluten-free if you have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.


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Epic Green Bean Casserole Appetizer Recipe

These Mini Green Bean Casserole Bites offer a delicious variation to the usual holiday side dish. Serving them in individual phyllo cups adds a crunch to the creaminess of classic green bean casserole, making them the perfect appetizer.
Course Appetizer, Snack, vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword green bean appetizer finger food, green bean casserole appetizer, green bean casserole bites, mini green bean casserole, phyllo cup christmas appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cups
Calories 37kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare the vegan green bean casserole if you aren't using leftovers.
  • While it is baking, begin to create phyllo cups by laying one sheet of thawed phyllo dough on a cutting board. Lightly brush olive oil over the dough, and then layer another sheet on top. Repeat this process for a total of 5 sheets. 
  • Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the layered dough into circles. Press each circle into a mini muffin pan cup, creating 24 pastry cups. 
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 9-10 minutes or until they achieve a light golden brown color; be careful not to overbake since they will return to the oven after filling.
  • Once done, scoop the green bean mixture into the pastry cups and top with fried onions. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1appetizer | Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g

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  1. 5 stars
    Handheld green bean casserole is such a cute idea! I could see serving this all throughout fall/winter, not just for Thanksgiving.

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