During the summer, we spend a lot of time getting produce from the farmer's market. We would love to grow our own but it just hasn't happened yet. I have tried herbs and tomatoes but there are too many animals in my neighborhood that like to steal my good garden plants at night. I am working on a way to put a cover on some garden beds. One day, we will grow at least some of our own. For now though, we buy and preserve during the summer. I have posted before about canning green beans. They are one of our favorite veggies. We canned again this summer but my husband wanted to try some fried green beans. His favorite Chinese restaurant has them. We did and they turned out really good! So I'll share. We tried to convince the 5 year old to eat them by calling them green bean fries. She didn't go for it. One of these days...
Green Bean Fries
Fresh Green Beans (with the ends snapped off and rinsed)
Flour Mix (we used the same one we use for our Fried Chicken)
Heat up oil for frying. We use grapeseed oil and have a fryer. Boil some water to blanch the beans. Boil the beans for 2-3 minutes and immediately rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. Coat the beans in egg, then the flour mix. Then repeat the coating process. Double coating is key. We did one coat first and it was okay, but two coats definitely made them crispier. Then toss the beans in the fryer. If you are able, you also get a crispier bean if you double fry by pulling the beans out and letting the oil heat back up and dipping them in for a second round of frying. However, this must be done quick with the beans so you don't overcook them. They cook much faster than potatoes or chicken. When they are done, we always spread them out on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
We paired these with baked chicken and rice. It was a really good meal.