So, here’s my predicament:
My MIL and her sister-in-law trade off Thanksgiving dinner duties every year, and this is an Auntie L year. Honestly, I much prefer it when it’s her turn; she’s a better cook than Mother Chili, she’s much more relaxed and gracious than my in-laws, and we get to watch football at her house (though that brings with it its own set of interesting convolutions, but we’re used to that by now).
Every year, I get asked to contribute to the dinner – something that I’m MORE than happy to do – and it’s sort of fallen to tradition for me to bring my mother’s creamed onions and the green bean casserole.
Don’t get me wrong, I LIKE green bean casserole. I’m a huge fan of cream of mushroom soup and I really like french fried onions – plus green beans are one of my favorite veggies – so I’m really okay with it. I can’t get over, though, that it really is white trash, and believe me, I grew up white trash, so I can say this with both authority and authenticity. Canned soup, frozen beans, canned onions. Really.
I find it strangely incongruous that with all of the other, homemade offerings at the dinner table, this would be something that shows up every year (not to mention that there’s precious little about this family that would indicate that they would ever allow such common nonsense at their holiday table but, every year, there it is).
SO, here’s my question: I found what looks like a scrumptious recipe for an alternative green bean casserole on Food Wishes (I love Chef John!). Do I stick with the expected, albeit trashy, dish, or do I bring this much more attractive, much more elegant offering to dinner? My instinct is telling me to leave well enough alone – that messing with tradition, even trashy tradition, is really just asking for it – but my belly and my pride are saying to exercise a little adventure and try something new.