A long time ago — about the time French fried onions were invented — someone decided to try to make green beans taste better by mixing them with a bunch of ingredients in order to hide the natural flavor of the beans. Eventually, that cook stumbled upon the right combination of additives to camouflage the green beans and trick people into eating them — a green bean casserole.
Somewhere along the way, this green bean casserole became a “traditional” side dish. I’m not sure how it happened. Maybe parents figured they could at least get their children to eat green beans once a year if they presented them as a holiday treat, such as Easter.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m not a green bean fan. Served alone, I find them vile. However, like everyone else, I can choke them down