Thursday, August 18, 2011

Not Fair

Fair foods. Do you hit the stands for deep-fried Twinkies? bacon-wrapped-beer-battered hot dogs on a stick? fried Coca-Cola? deep-fried bacon? fried Kool-aid? fried butter? chocolate-covered bacon on a stick? or is it some of the tamer selections that you crave, like corn dogs, cotton candy, and candied apples?

I haven't been to a fair in ages, but Hubs hit the agriculture-centered DakotaFest this week. He didn't come home with tales of wild fair foods, just a bag of Kettle Corn. 

*sigh* Not fair. 

Don't get me wrong. I love the salty and sweet combo of Kettle Corn, but I also get a hankering for all those things that are just so bad for me. Fried things sometimes call my name. I was hoping to live vicariously through Hubs' gastric fair adventures.

Oh well. I will just have to make some Deep-Fried Green Beans with a Zesty Dipping Sauce. They aren't as wild and crazy as some fair food, but they are a fairly tasty treat.

(adapted from Taste of the South)

vegetable or peanut oil (for frying)
1 cup flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 cup buttermilk

In a large dutch oven, add oil to a 2-inch depth.
Heat to 375 degrees.
In a shallow bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, salt and peppers.
In a second shallow bowl, pour buttermilk.
Dip green beans into buttermilk.
Then, dredge wet beans in flour mixture to coat.
Fry beans in oil, in batches, until golden and crisp, about 3-5 minutes per batch.
Remove from oil; drain on paper toweling.

Zesty Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

Whisk together all ingredients.
Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


  1. These look so much better than the ones at PF Chang. The dipping sauce looks like it would be good with sweet potato fries too.

  2. I love these, but have never had a recipe for them. We've only had them at the golf course and the steak house East of town. Thanks for the recipe.

    and, by the way, your porch looks great.

    Sandy in Winner


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