TRADITIONAL GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE RECIPE FOR CHRISTMAS OR THANKSGIVING
Memories of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are the strongest memories that I have of my childhood. One of my strongest memories at the dinner table is the traditional green bean casserole recipe. I don’t think I remember a Thanksgiving or Christmas where either my Mother or Aunt did not make this traditional dish. I have discovered over the years that this is one of the recipes you can make the day before put aluminum foil on the top, and put it in the refrigerator ready to go on Thanksgiving Day. It is also an easy recipe to put together right after you put the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven as it is a dump, stir and go recipe.
I think for most of our family members the crunchy onion topping is what everybody loves. Thanksgiving dinner just wouldn’t be right without this traditional side dish. It has been tradition to make this recipe with Cambell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and French’s French Fried Onions. Campbell’s tell is that his recipe was developed by Campbells in the 1950’s for a newspaper article by Dorcas Reilly. Dorcas Reilly who is credited with this recipe submitted an original yellowed recipe card to the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in Akron Ohio in 2002. We all have a great debt of appreciation to Ms. Reilly for a tradition that will live on for years. I would recommend making this with frozen green beans as they are fresh picked by the manufacturer before freezing and can be put in the refrigerator to thaw the night before. On the day before Thanksgiving, I mix all the ingredients together throw it in a casserole and Chad have it prepared early in the morning to be put in the oven an hour and a half before Thanksgiving dinner needs to be done.
The basic time for cooking is or 25 minutes, however, if you have a lot of dishes in the oven and the casserole is cold from the refrigerator I put it in for one hour. Watch that the topping does not get too brown.
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Jim and I both love the Christmas season, the sounds, the smells and the decorations. In our family, Christmas preparation starts the week of Thanksgiving. We also tend to over due it with the decorations and the presents. We love to share the old Christmas movies with our children and discovering new movies. Each year as the kids were young the Chruch Christmas Pagent was a main event. Joey and Katies always enjoyed participating and Christene enjoyed the craft fun, the Youth Director would have each year.
In our early married life, we would have Christmas morning in our home with the children and my dad, Jim Kirchner, would stop in about 9:00am to enjoy the opening of presents. We all then would go to Jim’s parents for dinner and more presents as my dad was always invited. As our parents got older my dad would come to our house for a noon meal and present and then go home for a rest. Then Jim, the kids, and I would stop in on Grace and Guerin, at Jim’s family home he grew up in, for presents and conversation. Now as our family has expanded to Christene’s in-laws, we have a big three-day event here at our home and it is more lively and exciting than ever before. No matter how our family changes and grows, I love the Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions.
- 2 Cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup.
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1 Tsp Soy Sauce
- Dash of Pepper
- 2 Bags of frozen Green Beans Thawed
- 1 Large container of French"s French Fried Onions.
- Mix together the soup, milk, and soy sauce. Mix this into the Green beans. Add about 1 cup of the French Fried Onion to this mixture, make sure to leave a lot for the top. Put the mixture in a casserole dish and top with the remaining Onions.
- Heat the oven to 350° and bake for 45 min if warm or 90 min if you make a head and it is cold from the refrigerator.