While I was sorting through all of our pictures and trying organize them a bit, I came across the pictures of these fried green beans. I realized I never posted them. So here goes…I don’t frequent many large chain restaurants, but I really do love Friday’s fried green beans. My parent’s and I went to lunch after visiting my niece after she got her cast on, and ordered this appetizer. It reminded me how much I like them, and how simple they (probably) are to make. After a little research, I found a copy-cat recipe (love those) and recreated them at home for our Super Bowl Party (which only consisted of Nate and myself, plus three kitties) :p
I pan-fried these, instead of deep-frying, mostly just to conserve a little oil (and possibly a few calories). They turned out super great; just like Friday’s! I felt like I couldn’t get the dipping sauce perfect, but it was still tasty with the green beans. It just wasn’t as good as Friday’s sauce. Oh well. It makes a ton, so I would probably cut this in half for next time, or plan to make a lot more green beans!
Fried Green Beans with Wasabi Ranch Dipping Sauce
Source: Adapted from GoodVeg
For the dip:
1/2 cup bottled ranch dressing
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and minced
1 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp wasabi powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
For the green beans:
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
4 cups chicken broth (I just used water)
6-8 oz fresh green beans
1 cup flour
1 cup plain breadcrumbs (I used a combination of panko and regular breadcrumbs)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
vegetable oil for frying
1. Place all dip ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth, and adjust seasonings to taste. Place in bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. Dip will thicken as it chills.
2. Place beans in broth (or water), and boil until just tender, about 8-10 minutes. Place in cold water to stop cooking. Drain and pat beans dry.
3. Add flour to shallow dish. Combine eggs and milk in another shallow dish. In a third shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Coat beans with flour, shaking off excess, then dip one at a time into the egg mixture. From egg mixture, tap off excess on the edge of the dish, and dip in breadcrumbs. Roll around to evenly coat each green bean. Transfer to platter.
4. Heat oil to 350 in a heavy skillet (or deep fryer). Fry green beans in batches until golden brown, abou 1 1/2 minutes each. Transfer to paper towel to cool. Serve with wasabi ranch dipping sauce.