In my family we like to try out new dishes and we often create unique twists on traditional recipes for Holiday meals. However, we are also suckers for the classics and one classic we ALWAYS, always have at the dinner table every Holiday, no matter what, is my grandmother’s green bean casserole (pictured on the right in between the mac and cheese and brussels sprout salad). However, there are no crunchy onions in this version. It’s also by no means healthy and it’s old fashioned because, yes, it does call for one of those Campbell’s cream of whatever soups (no judgement please), but if you can get past that I promise you this casserole is delicious and is always the first thing to go at any of our Holiday parties. I live by the motto, “everything in moderation” and so I treat myself to this delicious casserole on Holidays.
One of my good friends hosts an annual “Friendsgiving” every year, a couple of weeks before the real Thanksgiving. She usually prepares the turkey and everyone else invited is responsible for bringing some sort of side dish or drink. The spread this year was unbelievable. There were the usual Thanksgiving statples like mashed potatoes, sausage and apple stuffing, and sweet potatoes. There were a variety of salads, including a brussels sprout salad that was a huge hit, a butternut squash puree, a golden brown chicken pot pie, mac and cheese with apples (so good!), green beans two different ways (including my amazing green bean casserole), dates wrapped in bacon, and delicious pan gravy. The cocktails were all fun and fall themed as well. Of course there was also the turkey, actually 2 turkeys. One with the flavors of butter and sage and the other with orange slices. Glorious.
If you have a Friendsgiving to attend, or just a regular Thanksgiving and are looking for a new dish to try out give my old fashioned green bean casserole a try. No crunchy onions, but full of creamy goodness.
Oh, and I apologize there is no picture of JUST the green bean casserole alone. I got too excited to eat and forgot to take a picture of it by itself.
1. 1 can French style green beans – drained
2. 1 can shoe peg corn
3. 1 can cream of celery soup
4. 1/2 cup chopped celery
5. 1/2 cup chopped onion
6. 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
7. 8 oz. sour cream
8. 3/4 of a roll of Ritz crackers crumbled
9. 1 Stick of butter
10. 1/2 package slivered almonds
1. Melt the butter and add the crumbled Ritz crackers. Set Aside
2. Mix ingredients 1 through 7 and place and place in a casserole dish
3. Sprinkle the butter and Ritz cracker mixture over the top and then sprinkle the slivered almonds over the top
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.