By Vicky McDonald

What would Thanksgiving be without a green bean casserole? This classic dish has been served at Thanksgiving tables since the early 1950's. Green beans in creamy mushroom soup topped with crispy fried onions is a Thanksgiving comfort food tradition, and no matter how many times people try to tinker with the formula, the old-fashioned recipe remains the favorite. Last week, Green Giant set the Guinness World Records title for the largest serving of green bean casserole. It weighed a whopping 637 pounds and was made for a great cause, which was to feed 2,000 older New Yorkers through Citymeals on Wheels.

Photo courtesy of Green Giant

In keeping with tradition, a time-honored recipe was used to make the casserole. They used 780 cans of Green Giant Cut Green Beans, 53 cans of mushroom soup, 32 quarts of milk, and 65 pounds of French fried onions. This mammoth casserole took quite some time to put together, and you can watch how it was made here. For your own Thanksgiving dinner, you might like to try Best Green Bean Casserole which is one of the most popular recipes on our site and can be whipped up in a mere 25 minutes. The Cheddar cheese topping is what makes it extra tasty.

Photo by Cynthia Ross

If you feel like experimenting even more this year, you can make your mushroom sauce from scratch using this Chef John Recipe:
French Onion Green Bean Casserole or you could try this recipe which uses bacon and fresh mushrooms: Green Bean Casserole Remix

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