The holiday season is here, and it’s time to get the cooking frenzy going. This is the time that you shine in the kitchen and it’s worth all the sweat and tears that go into preparing the meals. If you are anything like me, then you will have a hoard of people that are going to be in your home for the holiday deliciousness that you are planning. Each and every year, it is a contest to see how many people we can fit into the house. We LOVE having people over, but we also enjoy opening our home to those who do not have family to go home to. Looking for the soldiers that need a place to go, or having friends over that do not have family nearby, that is how we celebrate our holiday season.
BUT – who wants the same old traditional menu each and every year? NO ONE! You have to keep it fresh and keep it fun! There are the traditional items that will be included, as we want those who are eating at our house to feel as though they are back home. Creating new dishes that will become favorites for the remainder of the year is a must. So when my husband mentioned that he wanted the Green Bean Casserole again this year, I thought about ways to make our traditional meal different. I decided to play around with it and see what I could do just to spice it up a little bit. What I came up with, is so simple and easy – it takes two seconds to do, AND it adds just those little twists that makes it my own.
Here is what you need:
- 2 cans (10.5 oz. each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- 4 cans (14.5 oz. each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
- 2 ⅔ cups French’s® Fried Onions
- Two large handfuls of chopped walnuts
- STIR soup, milk, black pepper, beans, walnuts, and 1 ⅓ cups onions in 3-qt. baking dish.
- BAKE at 350°F for 25 min. or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.
- BAKE for 5 min. or until onions are golden brown.
When I tell you that this recipe is going to be a winner, I am not lying! I made this ahead of time so that I could try it out on my family before the huge Thanksgiving meal. It was a huge hit! I do recommend letting it cool just a bit before you dive in (just saying, I burned the roof of my mouth because I didn’t want to wait). Adding this little twist puts an entirely different spin on this classic recipe! Taking out the soy sauce, and adding a little more crunch, these walnuts pair perfectly with the green beans. Give this a try and let me know what you think!