Back in November, I spotted a recipe that is apparently a traditional Thanksgiving sidedish - Green Bean Casserole. I was intrigued so I clicked through and discovered a dish that would take minutes to prepare and should hopefully appeal to the kids. As it was a manic midweek mealtime, I used a jar of green beans but I'm sure this would taste nicer with fresh green beans.
There are numerous versions available online but they all seem quite similar. I used the one from the Campbell's Soup website as my main inspiration.
Green Bean Casserole
1 jar green beans (or use fresh or frozen)
1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
a splash of soy sauce
a splash of milk
Drain the beans and put them in a casserole dish then empty the soup on top. Add the milk and soy sauce and stir. (With hindsight, I'm not sure the soy sauce adds anything and the milk makes it too runny - maybe American soup is more condensed than its British counterpart.)
Put in the oven at 180° for 20 minutes until hot and bubbling. Stir again then sprinkle with fried onions (from a shop-bought tub or make your own). Bacon bits would work really well too. Pop back in the oven for 5 minutes and serve.
I wasn't overly impressed because it's too runny but the kids loved it. I bet this would work well with a bag of frozen veg too - it's worth experimenting with if it gets them tucking into their veggies !
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