On Monday we had a potluck at work with the theme "Thanksgiving Foods." I think it's a little strange to do that right before a holiday that stages itself around a big meal. But maybe that's just because I don't like eating holiday foods more than once. I waited and waited to write on the sign up sheet what I was bringing so I could be inspired, but that wasn't very helpful. I ended up being left with sweet potato casserole or green bean casserole--both dishes that need to be served hot to be properly enjoyed. Now, I should probably let you into one of my quirks to better understand my frustration. I feel very strongly that if I'm going to take time and put in effort to cook something delicious, then it is only fair that others enjoy it as it is meant to be enjoyed. If I cook a food that is meant to be eaten hot, then I can get pretty irritable if you sit around working on something else while your plate of food gets cold. (Thankfully, my fiancé is quite patient with me and my idiosyncrasies!) Because of my picky nature when it comes to my cooking, I wasn't thrilled about making either casserole dishes. I decided to call on Pinterest to help me find one that could be easily made in the crockpot.
Lo and behold, I discovered a recipe for crockpot green bean casserole on Passion for Savings. Her recipe was a little vague, so I thought I'd share with you what I did in hopes that you'll find clarity in your cooking of this delicious, easy, and popular potluck item!
4 - 8oz cans of French Style Green Beans 2 - 8oz cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 cup of Milk (I used skim) 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper 2 Cups of French’s Fried Onions
Combine green beans, soup, milk, and pepper in your crockpot and stir. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours. Stir once or twice halfway through cooking so the top/edges don't burn. Top with onions and cook for 30 more minutes on high heat.
This recipe turns out a little soupier than when I bake it in the oven, but it still tasted delicious and was so easy and convenient. When the oven is being used for other important dishes like turkey, pie, and sweet potatoes, it's nice to have a different way of cooking some other sides.