Did You Know This Classic Thanksgiving Side Was Invented in NJ?
As you sit down for Thanksgiving, you'll probably have turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and maybe, green bean casserole. Love it or hate it, if you're from New Jersey, you should be proud to know that the casserole that has become a staple of many Thanksgiving meals was actually invented in the Garden State.
According to Time, the green bean casserole was created at the corporate kitchen of the Campbell Soup company in 1955 by a woman named Dorcas Reilly.
Campbell's said the dish, made with green beans and cream of mushroom soup and topped with crunchy fried onions, is their most popular recipe ever. In fact, the recipe's website was visited 2.7 million times last holiday season alone and in 2002, the original recipe card was placed in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The Campbell Soup Company headquarters has been located in Camden, NJ for over 100 years and Reilly worked there on and off over a 40-year span until she retired in 1988.
Earlier this year, Reilly passed away at the age of 92 and although she is gone, the recipe she created 63 years ago will live on and be enjoyed for years to come.