Surprise Green Bean Casserole

If your family loves Green Bean Casserole but would like to dress it up, this is the solution.

(Preheat the oven to 325 degrees)

2 (15 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)

6 ounces American processed cheese, cubed

2 tablespoons real bacon bits

1 (8 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained

4 (15 ounce) cans cut green beans, drained

2 (2.8 ounce) cans French-fried onions

Heat the undiluted cream of mushroom soup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the processed cheese and bacon and continue stirring until the cheese is completely melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the mushrooms and the green beans until they are both evenly coated. Pour the mixture into a dish and layer with the fried onions. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in a preheated oven, until heated through and bubbly. Keep an eye on the onions to make sure that they are not getting too brown.

Pecan Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

My 12 year old son, Keenan, adores this. It is his very favorite casserole and he requests it all year long.
Since my oldest son, Tristan, doesn’t like pecans (although he loves pecan pie–go figure) we usually make two of these casseroles:  one with pecans and one without pecans (which, technically, isn’t pecan praline….)

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)

For the potatoes…

3 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

For the topping…

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour (self-rising)
1  cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine

Butter a 2-quart casserole dish. Remove the cooked sweet potatoes from their jackets; mash and measure them. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, milk and margarine. Blend well, and spread evenly in casserole dish. Prepare the topping by combining the butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Mix until crumbly, and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven.

Relish Tray

Other than mashed potatoes, this is the favored item on the Thanksgiving table for my little ones (Tia,  Nicholas,  Nadia,  and Yanni).

  • Black olives (whole, drained)
  • Green olives (stuffed, drained)
  • Sweet Gherkins (drained)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks filled with cream cheese
  • Cocktail onions
  • Marinated mushrooms (drained)
  • Cheese cubes
I don’t ever use all of these (maybe 3 or 4 of them–but if only 3, it’s both kinds of olives and the gherkins). Pick and choose as you wish or add something else. Place on a pretty platter. Enjoy!


Wishing you the precious blessing of peaceful and loving family time this Thanksgiving!

God be with you and yours!

Until next time,


Soli Deo gloria!