Monday, November 23, 2009

Classic Green Bean Casserole

A traditional classic side dish for the holidays, it wouldn't be the same around our house if green bean casserole didn't show up.
A traditional classic side dish for the holidays, it wouldn't be the same around our house if green bean casserole didn't show up.

Classic Green Bean Casserole

I don't know what it is about Green Bean Casserole, but I am the first one to say I love it, and I expect it at holiday meals. Gooey, creamy southern béchamel (that's Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup for those of y'all with a more sophisticated palate) mixed in with one of our favorite southern veggies - green beans - and accented by crunchy French fried onions. Oh yeah. 

As a matter of fact, did you know that this recipe came out of the Campbell test kitchen, all the way back in 1955?  Yep, that's true. Those cream soups have been around awhile! Even more though, it's really just comfort food for so many of us, and likely to invoke all kinds of memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas past. and it has graced the holiday tables of so many of us ever since. That's staying power y'all and maybe that nostalgia and likely why we love our classic Green Bean Casserole so much in The South.

And listen y'all. If you want to make a homemade cream sauce, then by all means, go for it... I love it that way too! But folks, I'd like to ask that you please stop trash talkin' the classic if you don't mind. There are an awful lot of us still endeared to the original, and besides... remember mama's advice that if you don't have something nice to say, well.. if you're a proper southerner, you know the rest. For those with more adventurous appetites, I've added in some nice variations at the bottom of the recipe too.

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Recipe: Classic Green Bean Casserole

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min

Total time: 35 min
Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 2 slices of bacon, optional
  • 1/4 cup of finely minced onion, optional
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 4 cups of cooked green beans
  • 1-1/3 cups (more or less) of French fried onions (like French's), divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish with butter or non-stick spray; set aside. Saute the bacon and onion in a skillet just until onion is tender and bacon fat rendered, about 5 minutes. Pour off excess bacon drippings, reserving for another use.

Stir in the soup, milk, soy sauce, and pepper until well blended. Add the green beans and 1/4 of the French fried onions; turn out into the casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle top of casserole with remaining fried onions, using more or less as desired. and return to the oven for about 5 minutes longer, or until onions are lightly browned.

Double for a 9 x 13 inch dish.

Cook's Notes: Use 1 large bag (16 to 20 ounces) of frozen French style green beans or 2 smaller packages, precooked; 1-1/2 pounds of fresh green beans, precooked; or substitute 2 cans of green beans, drained, uncooked.

For Broccoli Casserole, substitute 4 cups cooked broccoli florets for the green beans.

For Cheese Lovers, stir in 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or other mild cheese with the soup. Omit the soy sauce. Sprinkle with an additional 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese when adding the remaining onions. Can also use Parmesan, or other stronger cheeses, but reduce to 1/4 cup mixed in and 2 tablespoons on top.

Cheesy Ranch Green Bean Casserole: Increase bacon to 4 slices, and add 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Stir into the soup mixture along with a packet of dry ranch dressing and seasoning mix. Finish as above.

To add a festive touch, stir in 1/4 cup chopped pimento or red pepper with the soup.

To add extra crunch, add 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds to the onion topping.

For a suitable replacement for cream soup, check out this recipe for a homemade condensed cream of mushroom.


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