Joshua's Genuine Green Bean Casserole

Joshua Bozsan created this 'from scratch' green bean casserole as an alternative to the quintessential holiday dish made from cans. It is incredibly delicious, and flavorful because of the fresh ingredients. Makes 2 smaller casseroles or 1 large casserole. For a gluten-free version, see notes.
Yield 8 servings
Ingredients

2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half
6 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds white mushrooms, sliced or diced (depending on size desired)
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons flour (can substitute gluten-free)
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 1/4 cups cream
2 1/2 cups prepared fried onions (can substitute gluten-free)


1 Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2 Bring 6 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in a large pot. Add the beans and cook for 6 minutes. Quickly drain beans in a colander and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
3 Melt butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms begin to release some water, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and nutmeg cooking for another 2 minutes. Evenly disperse flour over mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add broth and simmer for 1 minute. Lower heat to medium-low. Add milk, cream, and a half cup of fried onions. Cook until mixture slightly thickens, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in green beans ensuring everything is mixed and all beans are coated.
4 Pour mixture into casserole dish. Smooth out ingredients evenly. Cover bean mixture with remaining 2 cups of fried onions. Bake at 425° for 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is simmering heavily and onions are golden brown.

notes For gluten free: 1. buy gluten free fried onions, which are now widely available. 2. Instead of flour, use 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, measured into a small dish. After you have measured your milk, stir some into the cornstarch to make a thin slurry. 3. In step 3, skip the step for the flour. After adding all liquid, then stir in cornstarch mixture.
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