In my family (and I think in NYC more broadly) people casseroles aren’t really traditional food, unless you count Italian-American dishes like baked ziti or lasagna or whatever. So for a while now I’ve been grimly fascinated with old-school midwestern casseroles and last weekend for “Friends Thanksgiving” I undertook to try to cook a non-disgusting version of green bean casserole that wouldn’t rely on canned goods.
Fortunately, Alton Brown turned out to have a good recipe. I found it kind of challenging to make the fried onions come out evenly, but they’re pretty tasty. And the cream of mushroom soup from scratch is delicious. At the end of the day, I think I would have preferred to just eat the soup and maybe sautée some green beans with onions. But the combination is pretty good, and apparently considered de rigeur at some holiday gatherings.