Bettie's Green Bean Mashed Potato Casserole

 Green bean, tomato soup, mashed potato casserole is one of my favorite casseroles. Any midwesterner can tell you how to make it. However, Bettie really hates it so this recipe is one made up to satisfy her and at least give me the green beans and mashed potatoes.
 I would bet that is how most casserole recipes come about. Mom saying I have to use up these leftovers and maybe some condensed soup and macaroni added would work or at least stretch that last bit of chicken or beef to feed the family.
 I am going to try to be close to what I did as it turned out quite well and everyone liked it. That doesn’t always happen here or I am guessing in any family. In honor of Bettie, that is going to be the name of this recipe.
Bettie’s Green Bean Mashed Potato Casserole
½ cup diced celery
½ cup diced onion
¼ cup diced red or green pepper
1 clove minced garlic
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 can condensed cream of chicken mushroom (or any cream soup)
1 can Green Beans 14 ounce or home canned if you have them.*
2 tablespoons Sherry
½ teaspoon dried Thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Mashed potatoes left over or Instant potatoes work well here.*
Asiago Cheese shredded about 2 ounces
 In large skillet brown ground beef, drain and put on plate and set aside. In same pan with a small amount of oil, saute’ celery, onion, peppers and garlic till softened. Add back in the ground beef. Stir in the can of condensed Cream soup, green beans, and 2 tablespoons of sherry if using or 2 tablespoons of broth or water. Add seasonings and heat slowly for 20 minutes to mingle the flavors. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste
 Top with hot mashed potatoes, sprinkle with cheese and put in warm oven long enough to melt cheese. I served this with cornmeal muffins and cottage cheese.
*Frozen green beans don’t work as well in this type of hot dish
*If using dried boxed mashed potatoes, try using all milk instead of water and be sure to add butter. Really helps the flavor.


  1. My step mother made something very similar and she called it hamburger pie. she used canned green beans, corn and cream of mushroom soup. She first put down a layer of mashed potatoes in the bottom of the casserole dish then put down the cooked hamburger, green, bean, corn and cream of mushroom soup mixer and then another layer of mashed potatoes on top and then added American cheese slices on top on that. I still make it once in awhile and still love it. Its like a poor mans version of Shepherds Pie.

  2. My that sounds good. I like the idea of the mashed potatoes in the bottom of the casserole dish. Think I am going to try that the next time.


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