Every Thanksgiving, since I became a teenager, I was in charge of two things: Green Bean Casserole and putting the marshmallows on top of the loaded sweet potatoes. Sometimes my cousins would help with the marshmallows — half of them would make it in our bellies and the other half would make it onto the sweet potatoes. But the Green Bean Casserole was somehow all my responsibility.
I don’t know why it happened or how, but one year it just became my thing. It wasn’t a special recipe we made…just a few can of green beans, can of cream of mushroom and those delicious crispy fried onions. Yet each year my Mom called me to come make it.
I didn’t actually get into cooking until I moved out of my parents house and had to fend for myself. Then I got married and, as you all know, the rest is history. As the years have gone by, this Green Bean Casserole changed a lot. I experimented with different ingredients and different styles of making it.
This recipe is now THE recipe and we have made it for 4 years straight. It is tried and true and always perfection! I have actually won over quite a few of our Thanksgiving guests over the years who swore up and down that they made the best Green Bean Casserole…and at the end of the meal they asked for my recipe. It’s like my personal Thanksgiving victory every year.
This recipe has a few more steps than when you used canned items, but I promise you it is SO worth the extra work. You are essentially making your own version of cream of mushroom (and onion) soup…and trust me when I tell you it’s leaps and bounds better than the canned stuff. I am fine with canned items in some things (like the corn pudding!), but from scratch is worth it in this case.
Also, I have tried making my own fried onions. Some people make them in the oven…and every time I try it, I think it’s a big waste of time. The french fried onions that come in the can are perfect as is.
The casserole, as a whole, really doesn’t take long to put together (maybe about 25 minutes). Plus, it is a perfect make ahead dish. If you prepare it ahead, store it in the fridge until you get ready to eat. Then pop it into the oven to heat up!
So I know we all have recipes for our Thanksgiving staples, but this year I think you should give my Green Bean Casserole a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!