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Nov 17, 2011 10:33 PM

Do you really like that green bean casserole?

Confession--I've never eaten that casserole but the combination, even if made in a healthy way, sounds ghastly to me. The same for yams with marshmallows, which I tried and was appalled by. I love both green beans and yams but not in their traditional presentation. So, given the option, would you secretly go for those with cream of mushroom/marshmallow dishes or do you truly like a more CH version, regardless of whether it is a healthier one?

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  1. I really DO like the classic Betty Crocker multiple can version. I have made it entirely from scratch using sauteed Porcini and lightly steamed Haricot Verts in a nice bechamel, and it was darn good yet, yet,

    I'll do it again but only for those who would appreciate it. otherwise, yeah! pour those Durkee onions on!

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    1. re: hill food

      I REALLY like THAT green bean casserole too. I follow the classic Campbell's recipe. One year I shopped late and the store was out of the original flavored French's fried onions so I had to use the cheese flavor. We really liked it so now I use them every year.

      Had a fancy homemade version once at a Thanksgiving buffet and didn't care for it at all.

      1. re: Axalady

        LOVE IT - only the original classic Campbells fancy stuff. Comfort food at it's finest.

    2. Yep. It's not haute cuisine, but I enjoy it. :) I'd certainly try a fancier version given the opportunity, but eh... I'm fine with the original in all its preservative-laden canned soup glory.

      I don't care for the yams/marshmallow dish at all, though.

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      1. re: Aria

        I'm with you.I now make the Cooks Illustrated version.

      2. I actually love it and can't get enough this time of the year. It's funny because the rest of the year I forget about it. I must be programmed well...LOL! I grew up with my "Nanny" making it on the holidays. I make it from the recipe on back of the can. As a matter of fact my mother called me up last night and asked me what I was making for Thanksgiving and the green bean casserole was one of the first things I said. If I don't make it no one else will.

        1. I'm not American and have never eaten green bean casserole, but it's one of those dishes I have heard a lot about online (especially around this time of year) and so I have looked up recipes for it before. It has always seemed to me that when cooked from scratch instead of from cans and packages, it would be quite tasty. Basically green beans with some mushrooms in a creamy sauce, with fried onions on top.

          1. I'm a fan of the green beans only if fresh ingredients are involved, and it's a bonus if the green beans are haricot verts sautéed with garlic prior to adding the homemade mushroom sauce.
            As for the yams, they are sweet enough and with enough butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and extra spices, the marshmallows seem unnecessary. If you miss the vanilla from the marshmallows, just add some vanilla bean or pure extract.