Over the past few weeks I’ve had fried green beans at two different restaurants. And now I need a fix every couple of days, but I’m too cheap to pay for them. So, when I found fresh, tender green beans at a farm stand yesterday, it was like the skies opened up and the ghost of Julia Child challenged me to create my own recipe for deep fried green beans.
So Sky and I came up with this one. And, I say, in all truth and no modesty, our green beans are better than theirs. (I’m too much of an honorable cook to identify the restaurants I’ve slam dunked with my recipe!)
1 pound fresh green beans, whole
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornbread mix (We used Marie Callender)
3 tsp seasoned salt (We used Johnny’s)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp (more or less) red chili powder
a pinch of MSG (optional for a lot of you out there, but we’re risk taker!)
oil to deep fry.
Shake together all the dry ingredients in a large Ziplock bag. Drench green beans in buttermilk, place in bag by the handful. Shake till well coated. Deep fry till coating is light brown but beans are tender and crunchy. Repeat with rest of the beans