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

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

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    1. re: Suzy Q

      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

    2. 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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      1. re: MakingSense

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

          1. 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,
            and potatoes, cooked forever.

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            1. re: bbqboy

              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??

              1. re: bnemes3343

                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.

              2. re: bbqboy

                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.

                1. re: MakingSense

                  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!

                  1. re: MakingSense

                    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. 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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                  1. re: Gio

                    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. 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.


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      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!