Thanksgiving Countdown: Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Recipe FinishedGreen beans are wonderful and very nostalgic. Many people will have grown up with fond memories of eating home-grown green beans from the vegetable patches of their back garden. However, rather surprisingly, it was not until I arrived in Seattle that I discovered the wonderful dish that is Green Bean Casserole.

Again it was at mom’s dinner table that I got my first taste of this dish and I simply cannot fathom why it hasn’t made it across the pond to the UK. In season, we gain a glut of these wonderful fresh green wonder-beans and yet we don’t seem to do anything more adventurous with them than throw them in the saucepan or steamer – delicious, but rather dull!

Green Bean Casserole Recipe On PlateGreen Bean Casserole is, in my mind, the best invention since slice bread! It conjures up a divine combination of creamy casserole sauce and a crisp onion topping. It is traditionally served as a side dish at Thanksgiving, alongside roast turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes and veggies – very much like a traditional English Christmas dinner.

An important part of the dish is the French Fried Onions, which not only make up part of the dish, but provide the tasty crunch topping. You can make your own by slicing the onions, soaking them in milk for 5 minutes, coating them in flour, and deep frying. However, I am all about keeping things simple (and I hate the smell that endlessly lingers after deep fat frying!), so I bought my French Fried Onions from Wholefoods –  they are also available from many UK supermarkets, including Tesco and Waitrose.

So here is a classic American recipe, and traditional Thanksgiving dish, for Green Bean Casserole. Go ahead and try it – your green beans will thank you for it, I promise!!!

First, you’ll need to pre-heat the oven (to 350ºF) and trim and cook the green beans. Now to get started on the casserole!

Mix the soup, milk and pepper in a 1½ Qt (litre) casserole dish.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe Milk Soup

Add the green beans and half of the french fried onions to the sauce.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe Add Beans Onions

Stir to mix thoroughly and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe Stir Mix

Carefully remove the casserole from the oven and give it a good stir. Now top with the remaining french fried onions and bake for a further 5 minutes, or until the onions are golden.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe Finished

Serve hot, straight from the oven, as a side dish at Thanksgiving, with your Sunday Roast, or as an alternative side on Christmas Day.

To make this Thanksgiving Countdown Green Bean Casserole Recipe I used the following equipment:

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Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole Recipe

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Green Bean Casserole Recipe Top Onions

Ingredients:

1 Can Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
¾ Cup Milk
4 Cups Green Beans
1½ Cups Crispy Fried Onions
Sprinkle of Black Pepper

Instructions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.

Trim and cook the green beans. Set aside.

Mix the soup, milk and pepper in a 1½ Qt (litre) casserole dish.

Stir in the green beans and ¾ cups of french fried onions.

Bake for 30 mins.

Stir and top with the remaining ¾ cups of french fried onions.

Bake for a further 5 minutes, or until the onions are golden.

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