It’s almost summer. Daylight lasts longer. Dinner happens later and later into the evening. (I’m from the North, so I’m still accustomed to calling the last meal of the day dinner rather than supper-or supah if you’re really Southern) Humidity clings to the air and soaks our brows when we dare to linger outside. And, it seems, summer brings with it our penchant for fried foods. Adventures in frying ensues with Thom in the kitchen manning the fryer and directing the event.
Friday night found me outside on the deck, brow soaked, with a bowl of not-so-fresh green beans that needed to be snapped and a colander waiting to be filled. Thom was inside preparing the oily “jacuzzi.”
Adventures in Frying
My next refrigerator will have clear crisper bins. I am always forgetting that we keep fresh veggies in there. Luckily, I remembered these green beans in time to save some of them. Usually I find a soggy, gross mess in the bins that results in a complete clean up of the fridge and a dinner out at our fave local Mexican restaurant.
Thom is in charge of scouting new recipes and cooking, or in this case, frying. I’m his prep cook and clean up crew. He found this PF Changs Crispy Green Beans Copycat video and we stuck to the recipe as best we could. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any seasoning labeled “seafood seasoning” so we did without. We did add extra spiciness with some Slap Ya Mama, though.
The prepping and frying was easy and went quickly with the both of us working. The dredging was a basic flour, egg-wash, panko dredge and we fried in small batches for just a minute and a half per batch.
We served these up with a Sriracha mayo dip that was quite tasty. The green beans were a little past their prime so they weren’t quite as crisp as they should have been but they were okay and not replacing the seafood seasoning with something was “a miss” for this recipe. They lacked flavor and needed more salt than the recipe called for.
Overall, this was a good recipe that I would definitely try again, with the correct ingredients and fresher beans.
What kind of adventures in frying have you had? Have you friend green beans? We’ve done Fried Pickles before and they were a HUGE hit!