by Tammy Taylor
Special family holidays like Thanksgiving & Christmas require two non-negotiable dishes to be provided from the Taylor Household: It’s requested that I bring my desserty dish that I make with cherry pie filling, whipped topping, crushed pineapple, and my own quick homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk. Sometimes I add chopped pecans if there are no allergies to work around – we’ve named the dessert ‘Cherry Shtuff’. Also on the must-have menu is RancherMan’s Famous Green Bean Casserole. Now I’m not exaggerating here, those dishes are NON NEGOTIABLE – we can bring other dishes to the gatherings if we like as long as these two specialties are included! I’ve already shared my Cherry Shtuff recipe with you dear readers, but I’ve recently had several requests to share RancherMan’s most-requested dish. Today’s the day!
First he brings out the few simple ingredients that his recipe requires: Two cans of green beans (he uses french-cut style), one can of cream of mushroom soup and one container of French’s Fried Onions. Now it’s tradition that he uses this awful, ugly green casserole dish to make it in – we have others but this is the only one he will use. Can you say “1960’s Avocado Green”? (groan…) I’ve tried to sneak it out in the Goodwill pile on more than one occasion but I’ve now resigned myself that this ugly dish will be stored in my kitchen cabinets ad infinitum to be used twice a year, every year, without fail. LOL
Now with lightning speed he assembles his dish: He drains one can of green beans and dumps the drained beans into the casserole dish. Then he adds the second can of green beans without draining. Finally he stirs in the cream of mushroom soup and about 1/2 of the fried onions and places the casserole in the oven that’s been preheated to 350 degrees. When it’s hot & bubbly he brings the casserole out and adds the rest of the French’s fried onions to the top, returning the dish to the oven until lightly browned. (I should note here that I prefer making my own Homemade ‘Cream-Of’ Soup. But there’s no way I’m not gonna touch RancherMan’s recipe! LOL)
Anyway – Voila! RancherMan’s Green Bean Casserole! It’s not made complicated by various fru-fru ingredient additions. And it’s absolutely delicious in its simplicity. When we gather for the holidays, everyone brings a dish so we always have lots of food. Sometimes if we’re lucky we can bring back a small serving of my cherry shtuff dessert or a smidge of another dish we brought. But there are never (read NEVER) any leftovers of RancherMan’s green bean casserole. Yeah, it’s that good.
RancherMan’s Green Bean Casserole
- 2 – 14.5-oz Cans Green Beans (we like French-Cut style)
- 1 – 10-oz Can Cream Of Mushroom Soup
- 1 – 6-oz Container French Fried Onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Drain one can of green beans and add to casserole dish. Add remaining can of green beans without draining. Stir in 1 can cream of mushroom soup and about 1/2 of the container of french fried onions. Stir gently to incorporate.
Place casserole into preheated oven and heat until thoroughly heated and barely bubbling. Remove casserole dish and sprinkle remaining fried onions on top of casserole. Return casserole to oven until the top is lightly browned (about 5 minutes)
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