Buttermilk Fried Green Beans

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • Oil, for frying
Directions
  • Trim, rinse and thoroughly dry the green beans. Put them in a medium bowl and toss with the buttermilk to coat.

  • Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and cayenne in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag. Drain the green beans and toss them in the flour mixture to coat thoroughly.

  • Bring about 1/2-inch of oil in a wide, heavy pot to 350 to 375 degrees F over high heat. Prepare a cooling rack set over paper towels.

  • Adjust the heat to maintain that temperature range. Test the temperature by using a thermometer or by dipping the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil. If the oil bubbles around the handle, it is hot enough to fry the beans.

  • Shake excess flour mixture off the beans as you add enough of them to form a single layer in the oil. Fry until golden- to medium-brown and beans are tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer with tongs or a slotted spoon to the prepared cooling rack and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with the remaining beans and serve hot.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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