How did the pilgrims make green bean mushroom casserole topped with French fried onions for the first Thanksgiving when there was no Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup?

If you are the lucky one who drew the straw for “bring a side dish” consider yourself one lucky winner.

Nothing could be more easy peasy (beansy really) than the “Green Bean Mushroom Casserole” with a 5 minute prep time.  Many folks seem to think this dish is standard Thanksgiving fare. Well, maybe being assigned libations and skilled with a corkscrew, could be a tad easier. Especially if you do not obsess on choosing the perfect wine to pare with turkey.

Thanksgiving Fact: It is estimated that more than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.


Paula Deen’s Recipe – requires slightly more effort than others, but oh so good.

Ingredients for Green Bean Casserole.

  • 1/3 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced green beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings
  • Pinch House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a large skillet. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter. Boil green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, onion rings, and House Seasoning, to taste, to the onion mixture. Stir well. Pour into a greased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, then top the casserole with the Cheddar and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the casserole is hot and cheese is melted.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.



Pretend prepping, cooking and then dish washing after your Thanksgiving dinner in this complete kitchen may become a daily routine for some little folks. There is even a clothes washer for the dish towels and aprons that need attention.





If you are cooking your first pretend Thanksgiving dinner you will appreciate this stainless steel cookware.


After your guests have all said their good byes and are heading home, this not too pretend clean up set will come in handy for tiding up. At my house we would respect the tryptophan myth and this task would be saved for another day.





Kellie, from Little Nummies, shows us how to make these adorable chocolate marshmallow Pilgrim Hats.


Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.