Last Updated on April 24, 2021
With the holiday season now in full swing, green bean casserole will be making its annual appearance on many family dinner tables. For years, I’ve been purchasing Aldi’s Chef’s Cupboard French Fried Onions to make green bean casserole, and no one ever suspects I’m using ingredients that aren’t name brand.
These 6-ounce cans of onions used to be a Regular Buy item, but in recent years it seems Aldi has turned them into a seasonal item that is only available during the winter holidays, and even then we sometimes have trouble finding them.
Using them is pretty straightforward. You can use them in green bean casserole, or the can suggests sprinkling them on burgers, salads, sandwiches, and fresh vegetables. You also can substitute French Fried Onions for breadcrumbs on chicken, meatloaf, pork, and fish. The can states they are “original,” and I think Aldi may sell cheesy-flavored French Fried Onions as well, but I didn’t see any other varieties during a recent shopping trip.
The can includes a standard recipe for green bean casserole.
3 cans (14.5 oz.) cut green beans, drained
1 can (10.5 oz.) Chef’s Cupboard Cream of Mushroom Soup
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups Chef’s Cupboard French Fried Onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except French Fried Onions; place in medium casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven; stir.
- Top with French Fried Onions. Bake 5 minutes more or until onions are golden brown. Makes 6 servings.
I use this recipe as a starting point for my own green bean casserole but don’t follow it exactly. I prefer to use only 2 cans of green beans instead of 3, so the onions can really stand out in the finished dish. I also mix about 1/4 cup of the onions into the green bean and soup mixture prior to baking it for 30 minutes to add a little more flavor.
Aldi’s Chef’s Cupboard French Fried Onions are the real deal. Use them in your green bean casserole this holiday season, and no one will know you didn’t use name brand. Highly recommended.