I hope that all of you bloggers and blog followers have enjoyed my special series on the foods/food companies that have helped make Thanksgiving the most special holiday that is, as well as blessed; But alas, all good things have to come to an end, so with that, we conclude this special series on the foods/food companies of Thanksgiving with a dish that has been around for 6 decades of Thanksgivings…But before I get into that, I would like for you to know just what you think of my special series-Just leave your thoughts in the comments below! Oh, and please understand this: I have tried to cover as much on the foods of Thanksgiving as I could very well possible, and if there was anything that I have left out, then I heartily apologize.
Now, to the grand finale: This dish made its debut way back in 1955, and it has since become as much a part of many a Thanksgivings today; The dish in which I am talking about is none other than: Green Bean Casserole!
A woman by the name of Dorcas Reilly was working as a staff member of the home economics department of the Campbell Soup Company; She created the recipe in which the inspiration was this: “to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans had on hand in the 1950s: Green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.” At first, it did not test well within the company, but then it had gained a reputation for being “the ultimate comfort food”, next to chocolate chip cookies and mac & cheese, all because of Reilly’s persistence.
However, long before the casserole of green bean went on the scene (yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk), Campbell’s Soups created the Cream of Mushroom soup variety in 1934, and for those who have and are still living in the Midwest, it was widely used as casserole filler, so much so that it had been sometimes referred to as something called “Lutheran binder”. But until Dorcas Reilly came up with the time-honored recipe that we know and love today, no one had ever thought of adding frozen green beans in the mix. Today, it has been estimated by Campbell’s Soup itself that 40 percent of the Cream of Mushroom soup sold here in the U.S. had and has been still going into the making that green bean casserole, in which Dorcas Reilly had presented the original recipe card to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.
Dorcas Reilly passed away at the age of 92 on October 15th of this year in her hometown of Camden, New Jersey, but her most famous recipe lives on, and shall continue to live on in many a Thanksgiving table for generations to come.