Washington Post: Dorcas Reilly, inventor of the green bean casserole, a Thanksgiving favorite, has died at 92


Reilly and her team settled on what would be first known as “the Green Bean Bake,” an easily adaptable six-ingredient recipe of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper and French fried onions that takes 10 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake.

Reilly found success with a tuna noodle casserole, a tomato soup cake and a Sloppy Joe made from tomato soup.

Campbell’s has estimated that 40 percent of its cream of mushroom soup sold in the U.S. goes toward making Reilly’s green bean casserole. And millions of Americans have adopted it as part of their Thanksgiving celebrations.

“Thanksgiving is the Super Bowl for green bean casserole,” Jane Freiman, director of Campbell’s Consumer Test Kitchen, told NBC’s “Today” in 2015.


excerpt from 2015:

“In the beginning, French fried onions were just used as topping – but they found they weren’t getting enough flavor, and decided to put the onions inside the mixture,” said Freiman. Thus, in November of that year, a revolution was born.


In tribute, most recent cooking video.

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PASSAGE: Dorcas Reilly, creator of the green bean casserole
This week we learned of the death earlier this month, at age 92, of Dorcas Reilly. A long-time employee of the home economics department at Campbell Soup, Reilly invented the recipe for the “Green Bean Bake” back in 1955. Her combination of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, and seasonings was a near-instant hit with homemakers, and is today used by millions each Thanksgiving.

Story covered on CBS Sunday Morning today.

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thanks, Rooster. I found the video clip from CBS but there is an ad before it actually plays. They estimate the dish will be made 20 million times this Thanksgiving:

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