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Green Bean Casserole: A 57-Year Love Affair
Posted By Candy Sagon On November 21, 2012 @ 10:57 am In Health Talk | No Comments
Yup, right there behind the top search – Black Friday deals – tens of thousands of Americans are scurrying to remember how to make the casserole first devised in 1955.
This all-American invention came from the Campbell Soup kitchen, thanks to home economist Dorcas Reilly, whose goal was to come up with a simple dish (using company products, of course) that used as few ingredients as possible.
The original recipe called for cream of mushroom soup and a little milk mixed with cooked, cut green beans, with canned french-fried onions for the topping.
It wasn’t supposed to be exclusively for Thanksgiving, but when it was mentioned in an Associated Press story around the holiday that year, its Turkey Day association was sealed and its popularity took off. And after nearly 60 years, we apparently still love it.
For a healthier variation that won’t sacrifice flavor, consider using a mix of nonfat sour cream and some Greek yogurt for some or all of the canned soup. Sautéed mushrooms are a nice addition to the green beans, too.
Here’s the Classic Green Bean Casserole.
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