You’ll love how simple the crispy and crunchy Southern-Style Fried Green Beans are, made with farm fresh green beans, coated in a Southern-style crispy batter that’s been deliciously seasoned with Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, garlic, onion powder, kosher salt, and freshly ground black peppercorns then fried to perfection in peanut oil.
There’s something to be said about crisp farm fresh green beans that are battered and fried to perfection in peanut oil. Now I know we could go all healthy and NOT deep fry or coat them in a batter –but we’re here today to enjoy a Southern appetizer the old fashioned way. In moderation, it’s OK if we have a little splurge here and there and enjoy a few fried foods.
Let’s talk a little about the green beans, it’s important to use farm fresh, local grown green beans for a few different reasons. The main reason I like to use locally grown farm fresh foods for recipes is:
- Locally grown food is full of delicious flavor. When vegetables are grown locally, the crops are picked at the peak of ripeness. Usually, produce at local fresh markets has been picked within 24 hours of your purchase.
- Eating local food is eating what is in the season. Even though we wish most veggies were grown year-round, the best time to eat them is when they can be purchased directly from a local grower.
- Local food has a shorter time between harvest and the dinner table, and it is less likely that the nutrient value has decreased.
- Local food supports the local economy and growers in your community. The money that is spent with local farmers and growers all stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in our community.
- Local food help to benefits our environment. By purchasing locally grown foods you help maintain farmland in your local area.
- Local foods promote a safer food supply. The more steps between you and your food’s source the more chances there are for contamination of the food. Food grown in distant locations has the potential for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping, and distribution.
- Local farmers can tell you how the food was grown. You can ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops.
If you just can not fathom immersing green beans of our Southern Liquid Gold called peanut oil, you can always follow the recipe up to the point of frying the green beans, preheat your oven to 400 and spray the green beans with a bit of cooking spray and toss them in a 400 degree oven and bake them until crisp; will they taste the same? Not exactly but they will be more healthy to eat. That’s what counts right?
Southern-Style Fried Green Beans
- 1 and 1/2 pounds of local farm fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 of a cup of all-purpose flour
- 1-9 ounce- package of Louisiana – Chicken Batter Mix
- 1/2 of a cup of water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1/2 of a teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 of a teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 of a teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/4 of a teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Peanut oil for frying
- Wash farm fresh green beans in cold water to remove and debris, trim ends of each green bean.
- Place 1/2 of a cup all-purpose flour in a large plastic Ziploc bag, divide green beans x 2
- In a plastic bowl mix 1/3 of a cup of the Louisiana chicken fry batter with the 1/2 cup of water.
- Place 1 cup of dry of the Louisiana chicken fry batter in a large Ziploc bag.
- Add 1/2 of the green beans to the Ziploc bag with all-purpose flour and shake to coat the green beans thoroughly, place flour coated green beans in wet batter, repeat with the other part of green beans.
- Place the coated green beans in the large Ziploc bag with the dry Louisiana chicken fry batter, garlic powder, onion powder,paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Shake to coat the green beans thoroughly.
- Deep fry the coated green beans at 325 degrees F until golden brown.
- Drain excess peanut oil off the green beans by placing them on a wire bakers rack for a few minutes before to serving.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
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