Classic Thanksgiving Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

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Green Bean Casserole Recipe

With 30 million green-beancasseroles set to appear on Thanksgiving tables next week, I'm writing to suggest a story for MomTrends on a fun holiday survey: "New York is ranked #20 in the U.S. for love of green-beancasserole, according to the Del Monte GreenBean Index."

To conduct this study, bean counters at Del Monte asked 1,500 Americans to "go greenbean" and rate their fondness for the classic green-beancasserole side dish.

Check out the Top 20 U.S. states with the highest concentration of green-beancasserole lovers as well as the classic recipe below.


#1: Kentucky (78% of residents 'really like or love the dish')
#2: Wisconsin (77%)
#3: Missouri (76%)
#4: Iowa (75%)
#5: Maine (74%)
#6: New Hampshire (73%)
#7: Florida (72%)
#8: Colorado (71%)
#9: California (69%)
#10: Mississippi (68%)
#11: Oklahoma (67%)
#12: Utah (66%)
#13: Kansas (66%)
#14: Texas (65%)
#15: Maryland (64%)
#16: Ohio (63%)
#17: Massachusetts (62%)
#18: Illinois (61%)
#19: Michigan (60%)
#20: New York (60%)


Del Monte also asked state residents to rate their favorite "secret ingredient" -- a single, creative item that can be added to the casserole's iconic greenbean, cream of mushroom, and french fried onion flavors to make it unique and different. According to the survey, the Top 5 most-wanted secret ingredients are:

#1: Bacon (37% picked it as their favorite secret ingredient)
#2: Cheese (19%)
#3: Mushrooms (15%)
#4: Bread crumbs, croutons, or crushed crackers (12%)
#5: Almonds (8%)

Green Bean Casserole:

2 can (10.75oz.each) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
2 tsps. soy sauce
¼ tsp. black pepper
4 can (14.5oz.each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
2⅔ cups French's® French Fried Onions, divided

Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in a 3-qt. casserole.
Bake at 350° F, uncovered, 25 minutes or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.
Bake 5 minutes longer or until onions are golden brown.

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