Laura and I agreed that neither of us ever make green bean casserole, but this is a family recipe that probably needs to be shared. It does seem to be a tradition in a lot of circles and we grew up eating it.
Today I did a monster shopping trip at Sams Club and one of the sample tables had green bean casserole. There is now a kit you can buy that contains all the necessary ingredients for green bean casserole. This pre-assembled kit sells for quite a bit MORE than all the individual pieces added together!
So, here’s the basic DIY version:
Green Bean Casserole
- Approximately 5 c. cooked green beans (fresh green beans transform this dish into something entirely different. If you can use fresh, do it!)
- 1 can of cream of something soup (traditional is cream of mushroom, but cream of chicken is good. Cream of celery sends this in a slightly different direction too.)
- salt and pepper to taste
- French-fried onions
- Optional: sauteed onions and garlic
- a dash of Worcestershire sauce
Stir together the green beans and the cream soup. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and sauteed veggies if you choose that option. Bake in a greased casserole dish for about 30 minutes at 350°. Put a layer of French fried onions on the top and bake another 5-10 minutes or until the onions are nice and crispy and brown.
Show up at any holiday potluck and fit right in!