Merry Christmas without the Green Bean Casserole

It is a popular side dish for Thanksgiving dinners in the United States and has been described as iconic. The recipe was created in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly at the Campbell Soup Company. As of 2020 Campbell’s estimated it was served in 20 million Thanksgiving dinners in the US each year and that 40% of the company’s cream of mushroom soup sales go into a version of the dish. -Wikipedia

I remember when this casserole first showed up. It was a big hit. Then it was a fad. Then, it became a joke. So I was surprised to see Campbell’s TV commercials advertising mushroom soup this fall that showed people serving the casserole and then to see in the Wikipedia quote that 40% of the company’s mushroom soup goes into this dish.

We used to use mushroom soup in stews and pot roasts but switched over to golden mushroom soup because we had this casserole so often, we couldn’t face mushroom soup anymore. We still like fried onions, but never saw as many of them in this casserole as shown in the picture from Wikipedia.

You won’t find green bean casserole at our house. Ever.

Whether you love the casserole or not, best wishes for a Merry Christmas.

–Malcolm