Unusual Green Beans

Three 9-ounce packages quick frozen French style green beans
1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
One 5 ounce can sliced water chestnuts
2 cans condensed cream of celery soup
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup milk
2 cans French fried onion rings

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine beans and water and set in a sauce pan. Cover to hasten thawing. When water boils, reduce heat and cook gently until thawed but still slightly crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain, Layer beans and sliced water chestnuts in a 2 quart greased casserole. Mix the celery soup and pepper with milk. Pour over the bean mixture in a casserole. Bake at 350F about 25 minutes. Then top with French fried onions and bake until onions are golden brown, 10 minutes or more until slightly bubbly.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana