It’s time for a makeover for one of America’s favorite holiday meal side dishes–the Green Bean Casserole. The traditional condensed soup is replaced with luscious Garlic Alfredo Sauce to make this a dish that will actually make you and your hungry crowd want a second helping! Garlic Alfredo Green Bean Casserole will be your new go-to version of this holiday classic.
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(OK, OK, I know it’s not Wednesday, but this whole week is bunged up with the holiday, so roll with me. Since I’m using Wildtree ingredients, I figured I’d stay with my theme. And now on to this not-so-regularly-scheduled post…)
Are your family members fans of the traditional green bean casserole, loaded with gummy condensed soup and mushy canned green beans? Sounds appetizing, I know. It seems that nearly every holiday table in America plans to have some version of this “classic” on the menu.
Sorry, but the version that winds up at most meals turns my stomach. I am certain that is one of the reasons why I hated vegetables as a kid. I mean, just the gloopy, globby nature of it hitting the plate was enough to turn me off. Ick.
I mean, who would want to eat this? <shudder>
Now that I’m an adult trying to eat my veggies like a good girl, I decided to give this revered dish another try. I have dissected the original recipe, which is credited to a woman named Dorcas Reilly who worked for Campbell’s. You know, the canned soup folks. It is basically 3 ingredients: frozen or canned green beans, condensed cream of mushroom soup, and of course the eponymous fried onions on top. I get why this dish became so popular when it was created and promoted back in the 1950’s. It’s easy, and can be made using items that most households had in their pantries at that time.
Fast forward to this century: more of us are trying (and I stress, TRYING) to be more conscious of the ingredients that go into our foods. As many of you may know, I have turned to Wildtree as an alternative to the many items out there that are filled with ingredients I can’t pronounce, or aren’t really food items at all. Wildtree’s products are all USDA Certified Organic, have no GMOs, MSG, or artificial colors, and are 100% Peanut Free. While I will admit that not every single dish I make can say that, I’m trying to be more cognizant of standards like these.
If you want more info on how they develop these great products, check out this video at the bottom of Wildtree’s Products page.
So when it came time to create a side dish for my husband’s office Thanksgiving Day potluck, I decided to try my hand at switching up this “classic”. To get the creamy component normally provided by the condensed soup, I turned to Wildtree’s Alfredo Extraordinaire, which is one of their top selling products. Then I reached for frozen green beans, but not the short & stubby ones that get mushy when cooked in a casserole. I chose French green beans (or haricot verts, if you want to be fancy about it) because they have more flavor IMO, and retain a crisp texture even when cooked.
My shortcut here was the can of fried onions on top. Hey, I said I’m still working on getting to more healthy options! But I knew that folks who would be looking for the traditional casserole would expect this topping. So I caved.
Oh, and did I mention that garlic makes everything better? That’s why I grabbed Wildtree’s Garlic Galore. Yeah, garlicy-goodness added to this “classic”. NOW we’re talkin’.
While there were many versions of this dish at the potluck, I’m happy to say that there wasn’t much left at the end of the day. I think that’s pretty good given that there were probably 8-10 other green bean dishes, and nearly 100 or so people there. And did I mention that it was darned tasty? Creamy, garlicy, crunchy–all the things that make this Garlic Alfredo Green Bean Casserole a new updated classic.
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