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Green bean casserole is a casserole consisting of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions. The casserole, created in 1955 by Campbell's, is popular as a side dish for Thanksgiving dinners in the U.S.

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CourseSide dish
Place of originUnited States
Created byCampbell Soup Company 1955
Main ingredientsgreen beans, cream of mushroom soup, french fried onion

History of recipeEdit

The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company.[1] Dorcas Reilly (1926–2018) led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department.[2][3] The inspiration for the dish was "to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup."[3] It initially did not test well within the company but, in part because of Reilly's persistence, eventually earned a reputation for being "the ultimate comfort food."[4]

In the 1972 version of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook the recipe replaced the cream of mushroom soup with sour cream.[5]

Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom flavored soup variety was created circa 1934 and was widely used as casserole filler in the Midwest to the extent that it was sometimes referred to as "Lutheran binder." Dorcas Reilly's recipe popularized the combination of the soup with green beans. Campbell's Soup now estimates that 40 percent of the Cream of Mushroom soup sold in the United States goes into making green bean casserole.[6]

In 2002, Reilly presented the original recipe card to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.[7] She died October 15, 2018, age 92 in her hometown of Camden, New Jersey.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe - Campbell's Kitchen". Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Eating green bean casserole? This N.J. woman invented it". Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Dorcas Reilly: The Inventor of Green Bean Casserole". Campbell Kitchen. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  4. ^ a b Copeland, Shelby (October 24, 2018). "The woman who created the green bean casserole has died". Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Rujikarn, Sherry. "The Evolution of the Green Bean Casserol". Good Housekeeping. Hearst Communications. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  6. ^ "The Origins of the Mysterious Green Bean Casserole". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ Colegrave, Stephen; P.J. Gray; Stanley Hunter (2003). Bear cookin': the original guide to bear comfort foods. Haworth. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-56023-426-5.

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