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Live & Learn Thursday: Making Green Bean Casserole (Part of the Christmas Spectacular Blog Hop)

Today is the 4th day of the Christmas Spectacular Blog Hop hosted by Toni at One Chocolate Box. The suggested prompt is plans for the holiday, but I honestly don’t know what I’m going to be doing. Probably hanging out at home and making some of the same food I made on Thanksgiving. Today is also Live and Learn Thursday, so I thought I would do a double link up (hope that’s okay) and teach you how to make green bean casserole, which is one of the things I will probably make at Christmas.

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I don’t remember how old I was when I learned to make green bean casserole, but I remember it was one of the first things my Grandma P taught me to make (along with homemade french fries mmm). When I told my husband the other day what actually goes into green bean casserole, he said the magic was ruined hah. Apparently it looks more complicated than it really is. (It’s so easy I actually just typed the recipe and directions up without having to look at it). I’ll give you Grandma’s recipe (pictured below in her handwriting) and tell you how I actually do it.


If you don’t want to use chedder french fried onions, look for the original version. The part that’s orange on this container is red on that one.

The ingredients:

*Two 16oz cans green beans (I have never managed to find these, I usually use two 14oz or one 28oz can, and that works out just fine.)

*One can Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup (Fun fact, this recipe was created by Dorcas Reilly, a woman who worked at Campbell’s, because Americans often had Campbell’s mushroom soup and green beans on hand in the 1950s).

*One package of French’s French Fried Onions (Last time I got stuck buying the cheddar kind, and while I’d go with the original if they’re in stock, it wasn’t bad. You may notice Grandma’s recipe references Durkee brand. The only time I’ve seen that brand is in vintage ads. She used French’s when she taught me, and that’s the only brand I know.)

*½ cup milk (I have always used 2%, but I don’t think it matters).

The directions:

Grandma’s recipe says to mix the green beans, soup, milk, and half of the package of French Friend Onions in a bowl and pour it into a casserole dish. I don’t remember her ever doing that, and I certainly never have. I just dump it all into the casserole dish (which was actually one of hers) and mix it carefully. But if you want to do it in a bowl first, go right ahead and have to wash yourself another dish.


Then you put it in the oven at 350*F/175*C uncovered. This last time, I forgot about that and put the lid on it for the first part, and it still turned out fine. Apparently it just cooks a little faster that way, but I recommend trying to do it the right way if you remember. After half an hour, pull it out, sprinkle the rest of the french fried onions on top, and stick it back in for 5 minutes, again uncovered.

That’s it. Easy peasy. Now you see why that’s one thing people always want to bring to potlucks. In a few days I’ll tell you how to make Peanut Butter Blossoms for the Christmas Spectacular prompt “my favorite christmas treat”, and sometime before Christmas I will try to get up a post with instructions for the crock pot turkey I made at Thanksgiving and will probably make again at Christmas.

Green bean casserole with stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, and a biscuit on Thanksgiving.
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6 Thoughts on “Live & Learn Thursday: Making Green Bean Casserole (Part of the Christmas Spectacular Blog Hop)

  1. Green bean casserole is my absolute favorite and I make it year round. I like to spice mine up a little bit and add garlic powder, extra French’s onions, and cheddar cheese inside the mix. It’s also yummy with onions too! Thanks for linking up!!

    • I don’t make it that often these days but I used to make it year round also. I’ve never added extra stuff too it, except mushrooms a time or two I think. I might have to try garlic and onions sometime. If you like cheddar cheese in it, you might want to try these cheddar friend fried onions. I prefer the originals but it wasn’t bad for a change. You’re welcome. Thank for hosting 🙂

  2. I love green bean casserole. That’s awesome that it’s been such a big part of your holiday memories! 🙂

  3. I am completely useless in the kitchen, but this looks so good! Maybe I’ll ask my mother to make it for me. Hahaha!

    • Haha even so I’m sure you could manage this. 😉 You don’t even want to know how often I screw stuff up in the kitchen. People just don’t know because I tend to only post about what turns out well lol. I even did this wrong (leaving the lid on) and it still turned out okay. 🙂

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