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Dorcas Reilly
1926 – 2018

 

 

 

Celebrating the mother of “the mother of all comfort foods.”

 

 

 

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Dorcas Reilly

Invented green bean casserole in 1955 while working for Campbell’s test kitchen creating 100s of recipes.

Tried several different versions, eventually nixing ingredients like celery, salt, & ham.

She said the appeal was in its simplicity, using everyday items most homes would have on hand.

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Spilling the Beans

  • Originally called “Green Bean Bake.”
  • Reilly’s recipe needs only 5 ingredients: can of cream of mushroom soup, cooked green beans, milk, soy sauce & pepper. Pop it in the oven and toss some fried onions on top.
  • Campbell’s corporate kitchen’s #1 recipe, despite earning lower marks in internal rankings initially.
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Love it or hate it, more than 60 years after the dish was created Reilly's legacy lives on as a Thanksgiving icon, served at 20M dinners annually. Her original, handwritten recipe card was donated to the National Inventors Hall of Fame by Campbell's in 2002.

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