My kids always count on fries with their burgers. I mean it’s like a burger staple for them. Serve them a burger without a side of fries and they’d probably look at me like I had just sprouted a second head, or antennae. They’re actually really good sports because burger night, which only falls once a month (maybe twice a month on a leap year) is the only night they get fries with dinner. Despite knowing that it was in fact burger night, I forgot to check to make sure I had potatoes. I also had a gaggle of kids at our house that day and no way to get to the store. What I did have? Several pounds of fresh green beans! Green bean fries came to my rescue. These were so good that it actually took me several minutes to convince my husband that I hadn’t gotten them carry-out from a restaurant or from the frozen food section of the grocery store. Every son raved about them. I mean a vegetable turned french fry? It was awe-inspiring. I’ve got to admit the way their jaws dropped and the awe-struck looks on their faces…it was pretty magical. Next time though I think I will try baking them instead of frying.
Green Bean Fries
recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat a few cups of vegetable oil in a deep pot or fryer over medium-high heat.
- Meanwhile, pour chicken broth into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and let boil for 5 minutes. Remove beans from broth with a slotted spoon and set in a bowl of cold water.
- After beans are cooled down, pat dry with a paper towel.
- Whisk the egg and milk together in a shallow bowl.
- In another shallow bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Dip the beans into the egg mixture, followed by the flour mixture and place in hot oil, a few beans at a time. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with ranch dressing or other dipping sauces. Add a few drops of wasabi to ranch dressing and mix thoroughly for a wasabi-ranch dipping sauce