I have a dear friend who has a strong hatred of green bean casserole. So much, that he's written many diatribes on Facebook about it's nastiness. Here's just one of the more tame, abbreviated examples:
"Ebola, schmebola. If you've had that Thanksgiving green bean casserole - made by suffocating innocent vegetables in a can of Campbell's Cream of Toxic Gray Sludge, garnished with an old man's yellowed toenail clippings - then you've survived something far worse than Ebola.
Hoping to bring a smile to his face and laughter in his belly this Thanksgiving, I created a dessert version of the classic green bean casserole in his honor.
Thanks, Joe. Your friendship is better than a "steaming pile of raccoon vomit" any day.
Instructions and step-by-step photos of how to bake your own dessert green bean casserole are below. Enjoy!
Dessert Green Bean Casserole
This recipe will make 2 tart-sized desserts or one casserole-sized dessert
Approximate time: 30 minutes
Ingredients & supplies:
1 tube sugar cookie dough
8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup granulated sugar
Green and black food coloring
1 cup Frosted Flakes cereal
2 tart dishes or one casserole dish
1. Gather your ingredients and supplies.
2. Spray your casserole or tart dishes with non-stick spray. Using half of the sugar cookie dough, press it into the bottom and sides of your baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-15 minutes.
3. Add green food coloring to the other half of the sugar cookie dough. Mix well. You might add a little bit of flour to keep it from sticking to your hands as you roll it.
4. Roll the dough into tiny green been shapes and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. (If they spread slightly during baking, just use your fingers to reshape them like green beans while they’re still warm.
5. Mix together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add just a tiny bit of black food coloring to make it light gray (similar to what cream of mushroom soup looks like.)
6. Top the baked sugar cookie crust with the cream cheese mixture.
7. Add the baked, green bean sugar cookies on top and line the outer edge of the dessert with Frosted Flakes cereal to look like the “fried onions.”
Serve up a surprising slice or a spoonful to your Thanksgiving guests!