Did You Know?: Green Bean Casserole was invented 60 years ago this Thanksgiving


The green bean casserole, made with three simple ingredients, is the most popular recipe to come out of the corporate kitchen at Campbell Soup Company. The casserole has been a mainstay on Thanksgiving tables since 1955 when it was invented by Dorcas Reilly, a Campbell Soup kitchen supervisor. Reilly set out to make a quick and easy dish using items that most Americans already had in the kitchen. She determined many households had leftover cans of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup and a stash of green beans. She mixed the two together and added a crunchy topping of fried onions to provide color and texture and a Thanksgiving staple was born. In 2002, Reilly donated the original copy of her green bean casserole recipe to the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. The aged 8 x 11 recipe card now sits among other famous inventions, such as Edison’s light bulb and phonograph.