Alton Brown's Green Bean Casserole
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Japanese bread crumbs (a.k.a panko)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces button mushrooms
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Heat the oven to 475 degrees F.
Make the topping: Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a half sheet pan with non-stick spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 or 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
While the onions are cooking, make the beans and sauce. Bring one gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in one-quarter of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.
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