Gene’s Jelly Bean Casserole from Bob’s Burgers
Linda: Gene, green beans!
Gene: Is that my new name?
Linda: It’s your name, and it’s your job! Louise, mashed potatoes and carrots.
Louise: Gene, I’m trading you.
Linda: And, Tina, you’re on Team Turkey with me, baby.
Tina: So it’s me, you and the turkey against Gene and Louise?
Gene: I’m gonna take my side in a dessert direction. Perhaps a jelly bean, green bean casserole without the casserole? Yeah.
Gene: Well, we do not have enough jelly beans to make Gene’s jelly bean casserole, but luckily we have gummy worms, chocolate chips, and who’s this little guy? One peanut butter Thundergirl cookie from last year? How did you escape? Die, die, die!
– Gayle Makin’ Bob Sled (Bob’s Burgers Season 6 – Episode 4)
Fox Animation | Season 6 - Episode 4
Much like the show Friends before it, Bob’s Burgers can be counted on for a Thanksgiving episode where something goes wrong with the meal. I kind of like when a show focuses on Thanksgiving, rather than say Christmas. Those episodes usually turn into something “feel good” and quite frankly the holidays are already so overloaded with tear-inducing commercials I can only handle so much. So instead of all THAT type of overly sweetness, let’s focus on Gene’s Jelly Bean Casserole.
Bob loves Thanksgiving, especially turkey, but he’s also a stickler for the traditional sides like stuffing and green beans. We can likely assume that Bob was planning to make that oh so classic dish: green bean casserole. When Gene is working on his version of the dish, the beans are already in a casserole pan. I’ve personally never been a fan of this side dish for the following reasons:
- Green beans taste better when they snap and aren’t a disgusting mushy texture
- This casserole was invented by Campbell’s soup and my mistrust of condensed soup manufacturers is well document…maybe it’s not, but still! Your precious family memories were cooked up in a lab by a bunch of (probably) chain smoking dudes in lab coats. Or if you want to believe the Wikipedia entry by someone Dorcas. I won’t comment on that name since she is now dead and I don’t want to be a jerk.
- No amount of crispy fried onions are going to makeup for the fact that the rest of the dish is a soggy nightmare (see bullet point 1 above)
Point is, while Bob’s off dragging Gayle and her lies (and her cat) half way across town, it’s up to the remaining Belcher’s to pitch in for Thanksgiving. Of course, no one is up to the challenge, mostly because they don’t care. And so, Gene decides to take his green bean casserole into a new, exciting direction – kicking it up a notch. And so will I, bam!
- Green beans
- Jelly beans
- Gummy worms
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter thundergirl cookie from last year
Rinse, trim and cut the green beans. Blanch in boiling water for several minutes and then fully cool in an ice bath. Drain the cooled green beans and set aside in a bowl. Sprinkle with jelly beans, gummy worms, chocolate chips and one peanut butter cookie. Serve this side for only the most discerning of Thanksgiving guests.
This tastes pretty much exactly like you’d think it would. So much sweetness, combined with some fantastically cooked beans. Wow oh wow, when they’re not drowning in gross mushroom soup they suddenly take on such a wonderful new texture and flavor! Eating them combined with jelly beans and/or gummy worms, chocolate chips and peanut butter cookies is a bold choice. And this choice does not pay off. Still, I think I’d actually prefer this. Take that lab coat condensed soup guys!
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Gene’s Jelly Bean Casserole from: Gayle Makin’ Bob Sled (Bob’s Burgers Season 6 – Episode 4)