Sunday, December 25, 2011

Beer Battered Fried Green Beans

Merry Christmas to all those that celebrate it!

Today, I bring a quick and easy side dish that my Sir loves and we made tonight!

Beer Battered Green Beans

1 cup beer
1 cup flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb green beans
peanut oil for frying

Wash and trim the ends of the green beans. Mix flour, beer, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Preheat oil to 375 degrees. If you are heating on the stove in a pot, it will be the right temp when a small drop of the batter fries to a golden brown in 1 minute.

Dip the green beans in batter to coat, let excess batter drip off and drop into the oil, making sure to leave space between the beans so they don't stick together. Fry until golden brown, then remove with tongs or a spider strainer and drain on paper towel. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

* Peanut oil is best for frying these, but it can be done in other oil, such as Canola.

* If you are frying on the stove top, you generally want about 1 inch of oil in the pot.

* Much experimentation has shown that lighter beers tend to work better and taste better than dark. The best one we've found so far is Bass Ale.

* You can make these with a lot of batter or a little. You can see that in the batch pictured, there are some lightly coated and some more heavily coated. Sir tends to like his with more batter.

* I find that this recipe barely covers a pound of green beans, so you might want to double it.

* Putting the beans on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees removes additional grease and makes them more crispy.

* These can be reheated, 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes is usually sufficient.

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