This recipe is one that my Granny would always have on Thanksgiving and I thought it was a fancy dish because it was something beyond just green beans out of a pot that had been cooked with a bit of ham meat and maybe some onion. As a young woman I discovered canned French-style green beans and thought this casserole had to be made with those to make it fancier. Then, after marrying Mike, I learned that home-canned green beans cooked with a bit of ham meat really do make the best green bean casserole for a crowd and can be simple, country fare and fancy at the same time!
1 can cream mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk (I have been known to substitute a cup of grated cheddar cheese for this, too. Remember that I grew up on a dairy farm, y'all!)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
4 cups (or 2 mason jars) cooked green beans
1 1/2 cups French fried onions
- I cook my green beans with a bit of ham meat till almost done.
- In the pot I cook the beans in, I add the mushroom soup, soy sauce, milk (or cheese), and one cup of the onions.
- Stir that up real well and pour it into a casserole dish. (I like to use a deep one rather than a long, flat one.)
- Bake 20-25 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup reserved onions and bake five minutes more.
- Serve fresh out of the oven while it is warm and bubbly!
I hope my grandchildren look forward to coming to Grand B's house and tasting the fancy food we have!