Fresh Green Bean Casserole

There is something so comforting about the classics - like this savory, creamy & crunchy green bean casserole!

Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil, and add the green beans.

Blanch the beans by cooking for 5 minutes,  then drain and plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes until the onions start to soften.

Add the mushrooms (if using), salt and pepper and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour over the softened onions and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.

Whisk in the chicken broth to make sure there are no lumps.

Whisk in the half and half. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until it has thickened, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the beans and stir to combine, then transfer to a large 9x13-inch casserole dish.

Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and french fried onions. Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.

This creamy, crunchy, classic Thanksgiving side dish is irresistible, despite full plates and full bellies!

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