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    Tinned Green Beans

    Just noticed this past few weeks every food store I was in had displays of tinned green beans & mushroom soup. Is there some way to prepare these I need to know about. I only ever eat fresh from my friends garden. The canned ones just look so sad.
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    It's probably because in the US it's a traditional thanksgiving side dish-Green Bean Casserole. It's made with 2 cans of grean beans, a can of cream of mushroom soup and French's fried onions sprinkle on top bake in the oven for I forget how long. I haven't made it in years.

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    My Grandmother would add salt, pepper and bacon grease to the canned green beans. Mushroom soup is a good sauce for chicken dishes.

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    They are used to make a green bean casserole, which I think is hideous! Thousands upon thousands of people eat this stuff at holidays and at home. Think you mix the beans with mushroon soup, put in a casserole dish and top with a can of french fried onions around the edge and bake for a while.

    Continue to eat the fresh ones as long as you can get them. My MIL taught me to used the canned ones during winter months when fresh were not available by frying a strip of smoked bacon in the bottom of a pan, then add beans half drained and cook/simmer on top of stove about 30 mins. I think bacon makes anything taste better.

    Hope this will help you.

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    The "Green Bean Casserole" is a holiday tradition at many tables. I also grow my own green beans (in season) and love their flavor. But the green bean casserole doesn't taste right without canned beans. I even tried frozen beans one year, but the casserole just wasn't what we wanted on our holiday table. It's all in what you're used to, I guess.

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    Yup, I agree. It is for the green bean casserole. Funny, I thought I was the only one who really didn't care for the casserole! I love green beans and cream of mushroom soup but not together. I would trade eating the canned any day for those fresh ones you are getting from the garden. Enjoy them, you're not missing much with the casserole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    I even tried frozen beans one year, but the casserole just wasn't what we wanted on our holiday table. It's all in what you're used to, I guess.
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    That is the truth. It has to be canned green beans. Fresh or frozen just doesn't work. I've had it with frozen green beans it was such a waste of perfectly good green beans.

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    The Green Bean Casserole is an ole classic. But I have changes mine just bit, I use 4 xlarge cans of green beans. I drain 2 cans and put all 4 cans into a large pot and cook almost dry. I caramelize several onions in a small amount of butter. Add the onions to the cooked green beans and then add 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup. Top with French's fried onions , then bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. WOW ! ! ! so much better when you cook the beans.

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    I often make my green bean casserole with fresh greenbeans and my own bechamel sauce with sauted fresh mushrooms....puts the canned stuff to shame, not difficult if you can make a cream sauce
    beans, mushrooms, onion, flour, milk (half and half/cream)and french fried onion or bread crumb. bake until warmed through.

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    I like green bean casserole. It is an easy vegetable dish. I have used frozen green beans, I just cooked them first. I like frozen vegetables over canned ones.

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    I use canned green beans with new potatoes. I add bacon grease, garlic salt, an onion and what ever seasonings you like an simmer at least an hour or so. Taste like old fashioned long cooked like mom made. DH does not like mushroom soup, so I do this.

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    Love those old fashoion beans Dix, I make something similar....saute kielbasa, onion, add beans and potatoes and cook till taters are done, serve in a bowl, it makes a great soupy broth, good for winter.

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    I add a little soy sauce to that mixture! My daughter loves it at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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    I am one who does like the green bean casserole...a classic served at Thanksgiving/Christmas time family gatherings...have to admit though I have never actually made it, just enjoy eating it...love the crispy French onions on top!

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    Glad to hear I wasn't the only one who disliked this casserole. To each their own, but its not on my list.

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    Not a particular fan of GB Casserole, but the grands seem to love it.

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    I like green bean casserole but have never made it. I may just have to go and buy me a couple of cans and fix it. Thanks. I imagine you bake it in the oven until its hot. I too grow my own green beans. Eat all I can and give away the rest.
    Yum, makes me wish I had some now.

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    It's not Thanksgiving without green bean casserole! I think it might even be illegal.

    I've made it with frozen French cut beans and it works out fine - I just have to cook it longer than with canned green beans. (I think the object is to remove any trace of bright healthy green and reduce the beans to a khaki colored mush - no healthy stuff allowed. )

    If I'm making it on a day which isn't Thanksgiving (a day on which you should never tinker around with the recipes for old family favorites! LOL!) I add chopped cooked bacon.

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    Canned beans are good if you pour the whole can in pot and add a bit of olive oil and cook for an hour or so on med. low heat. My neighbor gave me this recipe and I have used it lots.
    Sometimes I do add a bit of chicken bouilion to the pot. I love fresh green beans , this is just
    an alternative that is also good when you do not have the fresh beans.
    Last edited by Sandra Clarke; 11-30-2011 at 10:17 PM.

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