The Story Behind Green Bean Casserole

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Discover how green bean casserole became a staple at Thanksgiving dinner. And try not to get too hungry...

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Green bean casserole is a classic dish inspired by the depression-era attitude of using common household ingredients that are often already in your kitchen.

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Campbell’s Kitchen is credited with the invention of the classic Thanksgiving side dish in 1955.

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Green bean casserole is typically made with green beans, cream of mushroom soup, French fried onions, milk, soy sauce and black pepper.

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A home economist named Dorcas Reilly, who worked in the Home Economics department at Cambell’s Soup Company, created the recipe for the green bean casserole.

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Dorcas Reilly was one of only two full-time employees of the Home Economics Department at Campbell’s.

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Reilly’s assignment was to create a vegetable dish with ingredients that anyone would have around the house.

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Reilly believed that most American homes at that time always had green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.

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Thanks to her dish, Dorcas Reilly became known as the “mother of comfort food.”

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In 2002, the recipe for Reilly’s classic Thanksgiving recipe was placed in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, which is also home to Enrico Fermi’s first controlled nuclear reactor and Thomas Edison’s light bulb and phonograph.

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Campbell's believes that about 20 million dollars worth of cream of mushroom soup was sold in 2005.

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John Faulkner, the director of brand communications for Campbell's, told Time magazine that the cream of mushroom soup is Campbell’s third most popular soup after chicken noodle and tomato.

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According to Faulkner, an estimated 30 million green bean casseroles were made on Thanksgiving in 2011.

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Green bean casserole was definitely not at the first Thanksgiving.

Yet, this hearty side dish has become a staple at Thanksgiving dinner. Ever wonder why this dish has become a classic on the final Thursday every November?

Even if the dish isn't authentically Thanksgiving, the green bean casserole has been around for longer than you might think.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how the tradition of eating green bean casserole for Thanksgiving came to be.

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