There are a lot of things going on in my garden right now. Garlic, and cucumbers, and tomatoes, and peppers, and corn, and green beans. Lots and lots of green beans. I mostly just eat the beans raw, by the handful, whenever I happen to be walking by the garden.
I offered some of these delicious raw beans to my bearded dude once, and he just blinked at me a dozen times before informing me that he only eats beans if there is a lot of garlic, butter, and a frying pan involved. (I haven’t manage to convert him to farm life yet.)
Well, when faced with yet another bushel of beans (not an actual bushel, but you get what I mean) I finally decided that some things were getting done with these beans.
So I pointed at my dude and was like, “You, me, beans, in the kitchen, now. We’re having a fry-off.” (Lets just be clear that in this scenario, one of us is an ex-military badass who also owns restaurants, and the other one of us has never deep fried anything ever in her life. So. Game on.)
He sent me to store for some weird items that no reasonable person would be able to pronounce or find, which he maintains was necessary for good fried beans, and which I maintain was an intimidation technique. He underestimates my stubbornness.
Here’s how the fry-off went down:
I used a beer-batter recipe I found off the internet, figuring that beer makes everything better, so obviously I would win. Also, it only had two ingredients.
- Beer (1 cup)
- Flour (1 cup)
- Salt & pepper
Meanwhile, across the counter, my dude was Iron Chef-ing some fancy-ass triple-layer batter.
When I asked him to tell me what he did to the green beans so I could put it on the Internet, he was like, “But Babes, I just made it up.”
So I told him to make it up again in his head, dammit, or I win by default. Clearly the man doesn’t understand how blogging works. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING.
What he says he did is this:
- Dip green beans in seasoned flour (flour, salt, pepper)
- Then dip them in a batter containing chile paste, egg, corn starch, flour, salt, pepper, buttermilk
- Then roll in Panko (fancy-ass bread crumbs)
Then we fried them in vegetable oil.
Mine are on the left, his are on the right.
There was also some kind of dip that he made (which was probably the best part of this whole thing) containing: Sour cream, buttermilk, mayo, dill, garlic, and horseradish. I didn’t snap a picture of it because I was too busy shoving my face full of green beans.
Verdict: Mine were good. His had better flavor. (Thankfully he doesn’t read my website so I don’t actually have to admit that to his face.)
Really, honestly, one of the best things about having the garden is having so much produce that you’ve got to get creative with it. And I recommend frying some green beans just for the fun of it.