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.