It is gray, gloopy and so seductive we only serve it once a year.
Its ingredients could withstand a nuclear blast.
And it has endured, when other dishes made up entirely of canned products have fallen away.
It is, of course, the green bean casserole.
I wrote about the casserole this year, my thoughts turning to the dish after its creator Dorcas B. Reilly died in October at 92, six decades after she created the dish for Campbell Soup Company’s test kitchen.