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Fog City Kid Dec 23, 2007 05:01 PM

...of you are going to serve Green Bean Casserole for Christmas and why?

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  1. Suzy Q RE: Fog City Kid Dec 23, 2007 08:10 PM

    I'm going to serve it because I like it. Is there any other reason?

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      bnemes3343 RE: Suzy Q Dec 24, 2007 05:22 AM

      Amen! Ditto for me. It tastes good, hence I will serve it. Canned soup and all. A few years ago I did a more homemade version of this from ATK with fresh beans, mushroom soup from scratch, etc. It was excellent and I WILL NEVER DO THIS AGAIN. Good yes, but waaay too much work

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      MakingSense RE: Fog City Kid Dec 23, 2007 08:52 PM

      I'm doing the brunch on Christmas Day so I have to wait to serve it until dinner the day after Christmas. Then we'll have it. Everyone will make fun of it, but there won't be a single green bean or onion ring shred left in the serving bowl because they all secretly love it.
      Recipes don't survive for more than 50 years unless they're good.

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        Axalady RE: MakingSense Dec 24, 2007 04:45 AM

        Bravo SuzyQ. It has been REQUESTED that I bring this green bean casserole to my SIL's for Christmas dinner. And, like MakingSense states, every bit will be gone and I will be bringing home an empty casserole dish.

        Nuff said?

      2. Richard 16 RE: Fog City Kid Dec 24, 2007 04:50 AM

        I won't be. My MIL, however, will. I think we're in charge of a salad this year.

        As usual there will be too much food. The green bean casserole, however, will be gone. Amazing, eh? Good stuff.

        1. mamaciita RE: Fog City Kid Dec 24, 2007 05:08 AM

          I quit making green bean casserole when I discovered Brussels sprouts.

          1. bbqboy RE: Fog City Kid Dec 24, 2007 05:49 AM

            What parts of the country are you guys reporting from? I love GB casserole but don't associate it with Xmas.
            For us, growing up in the Hearland, it was all about simmered Green Beans with bacon,
            onions
            and potatoes, cooked forever.

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              bnemes3343 RE: bbqboy Dec 24, 2007 07:06 AM

              East coast for me. It seems like it's been a traditional Christmas dish my entire life. The grocery stores around here (NJ) put the various ingredients together in one place to make life easier. But maybe it's just an eastern tradition??

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                MakingSense RE: bnemes3343 Dec 24, 2007 07:41 AM

                I remember reading somewhere that the original recipe was first published, probably by Campbell's, in 1955. It's been tweaked a little over the years but still pretty close to the original. Now they publish coupons for the ingredients and group them together in stores to make it easy.
                It's not just East Coast as Americans move and live all over now carrying their traditions with them.

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                MakingSense RE: bbqboy Dec 24, 2007 07:44 AM

                Southerners eat long-simmered green beans with bacon year-round (and expect that we will in Heaven too) but GBC is necessary for the holidays.

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                  Suzy Q RE: MakingSense Dec 24, 2007 11:51 AM

                  Exactly, MS. We only have GBC in the Carolinas at Thanksgiving and Christmas - it would seem weird to me to eat it any other time of year!

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                    Joe H RE: MakingSense Dec 24, 2007 01:56 PM

                    I've cooked Thanksgiving and most Christmas dinners almost every year for several decades. Overtime I fell in love (!) with Southern Green Beans. (i.e. three or four pounds of fresh string beans, fatback/sidemeat, a sliced and quartered Spanish onion or two and six or more hours of time to cook down) Our family, at first, insisted on some variation of Green Bean casserole. Insisted!!! It was tradition-it was, well American to have green bean casserole for Thanksgiving. Christmas, too! One year I made both. Set them on the table side by side.

                    Later that night when my wife and I were cleaning up the dish that held the green bean casserole we noted that it was half full. The dish that held the three to four pounds of cooked down Southern green beans was almost empty. There might have been one or two lone green beans and an emaciated onion or two left.

                    I never made green bean casserole again.

                2. Gio RE: Fog City Kid Dec 24, 2007 08:03 AM

                  North of Boston reporting in.
                  Never had a taste of Green Bean Casserole. Not making it, probably never will.
                  However I do make a quick sautee of fresh green beans, sliced onions, julienned red bell pepper, with red pepper flakes for punch.

                  Merry Christmas everyone!

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                    MrsT RE: Gio Dec 25, 2007 03:23 AM

                    I love green beans, yet I have had green bean casserole only once and I didn't like it. I'm not a fan of those french fried onion things. Gio, I'm taking the $10 bus from NY to Boston, save me a plate of those green beans...actually make me a whole tray. I'm not cooking today because I'm stuck at work.

                  2. Davwud RE: Fog City Kid Dec 25, 2007 04:08 PM

                    I am happy to report from our Christmas lunch that green bean casserole was on the menu and it was just as good as ever. It's a strange little dish but it certainly is greater than the sum of its ingredients.

                    BTW, the dish was empty when lunch was over.

                    DT

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                      MysticYoYo RE: Davwud Dec 25, 2007 04:45 PM

                      I love green beans, but not green bean casserole.

                      That being said, no matter how unsophisticated, down-market, unrefined, or even crappy a food is, who cares if you genuinely enjoy it?

                      Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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