Wednesday, October 20, 2010

For my family........:)

My original recipe planned for today's blog is just going to have to wait. Today I'm going to post a recipe that I am certain a few members of my family are going to be excited to find. We are, most of us, addicted to TGI Friday's "Green Bean Fries". Not necessarily a very HEALTHY dish, but one we love, to say the least. I had found them, frozen, at the big box store BJ's, but still I'd like to be able to make them from "scratch" and am happy to say that after much poking around, have achieved...SUCCESS!!

So...dedicated to my sister, Sandy, cousin, Sherry, and daughters, Cassondra and we have....Green Bean Fries!!

Green Bean Fries

for the dip:
1/2 c. ranch dressing
1/2 c. peeled, seeded, chopped cucumbers
1 T. horseradish, drained
1 T. milk
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
2 tsp wasabi powder (found in the spice aisle or with the Asian foods)
pinch of cayenne pepper
Kosher salt

for the beans:
2 c. low sodium chicken broth
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
1 large egg
1/2 c. milk
1 c. instant flour (such as "Wondra")
1 c. breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
ground black pepper
Peanut of vegetable oil for frying

Make the dip. Puree the dressing, cucumber, horseradish, milk, vinegar, wasabi powder, cayenne powder, and salt to taste in a blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Prepare the beans: Fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring the broth to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the green beans and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove beans with a slotted spoon and transfer to the ice water to stop the cooking. Let cool in the water, then drain and pat dry.
Whisk the egg and milk in a shallow bowl. Put 1/2 c. flour in another shallow bowl. Combine the breadcrumbs, the remaining 1/2 c. flour, the onion and garlic powders, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste in another bowl.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the green beans in the flour and shake off the excess. One at a time dip the beans in the egg mixture, dredge in the breadcrumbs mixture and lay on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze until the coating has set...about 30 minutes.
Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot over medium heat until a deep fry thermometer reads 350 degrees. Fry the green beans in batches until golden brown; 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the beans with tongs or a skimmer to a rack or paper towels to drain. Serve with the dip.

Today's food quote: "Hell is where no one is waiting and nothing is cooking" Barlozzo


  1. what's the diff between instant flour and regular flour? can i use regular flour and achieve the same result?

    1. I think the "wondra" made it a little "pouffier"...if you know what I mean. We like to use Wondra for things like comes in a small "canister type" container. Good stuff. I think you can use it for lots of other things too.