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Green Bean Casserole

  For the topping:
    2 medium onions, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    Nonstick cooking spray

  For beans and sauce:
    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1 cup chicken broth
    1 cup half-and-half

  Preheat the oven to 475F. Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt
 in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with
 nonstick cooking 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 to 3 times during cooking.
 Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use.
 Turn the oven down to 400F.

  While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a 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, 1 teaspoon 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 1/4 of the onions and all of the
 green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and
 bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve
 immediately.