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Crispy grean beans

crispy green beans

Canola or peanut oil for frying

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup cold club soda or seltzer water

8 oz grean beans, trimmed



Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees (again, I think my thermometer might be off, but I usually fry stuff at 280 degrees..could be my thermometer though).  Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet and set aside.  In a large bowl, whisk cornstarch and flour until combined.  Add a few ice cubes to the club soda and swirl to chill it through.  Remove the ice cubes and whisk the club soda into the cornstarch mixture to form a smooth batter.  One at a time, dip and swirl the green beans in the batter to completely coat them.  allow excess batter to drip off, then drop the beans, one by one, into the fryer and fry until crispy, about one minute.  The crust won't brown, but you'll have a crispy, light coating on your beans.  using a spider stainer or tongs, transfer the green beans to the cooling rack and immediately sprinkle with salt. 

From Fire in my Belly by Kevin Gillespie

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