Green beans are one of the few vegetables Juliet will actually eat. Although her preference is eating canned green beans, I can convince her to eat fresh ones if they are “mushy” enough. Personally I love green beans… especially pickled, but we will get to that later this week so stay tuned. You are going to want to, I promise. It involves vodka….
So random question. Have you had those fried green beans at restaurants when you go out for happy hour with your friends? Crispy and just different, they are fun and yummy. I think they are great because even thought they are fried, they are healthier than french fries because they are green beans…. right?? I’m going to go with it.
Typically the fried green beans you find in restaurants are tasty, but pretty one dimensional. I wanted to spice them up and give them a kick. I haven’t used jerk seasoning all that much in my cooking, but I know it definitely throws a punch in the flavor department. Not to mention I paired it with a cool mango curry dip so it just gives the best of spicy and fruity.
This was the best Super Bowl snack – even though it was just Bradley and I. Sometimes the best shindigs are two person ones. I know Super Bowl is not really a ‘small shindig’ type of party, but it worked out pretty well. I watched the commercials more than anything anyways. I am really not a football fan, but mainly because I don’t understand it. Bradley tries. He really does. I’m more knowledgeable than I was a couple years ago so he’s making progress.
Even if it wasn’t just us, I think this would have been a great super bowl snack for a large group as well. I love those “grab, dip and eat” types of snacks when you are trying to chat with all your friends at the same time. It’s a great beer drinking food too. I realized Super Bowl incurs plenty of beer drinking, so any kind of nibble that complements your drink is a good one.
Maybe I’m a tad bit sad that football season is over because I’m not learning how the game works at the moment but there’s always next season right? I’m ok with it, hockey is in season right now, that game is way easier for me to understand.
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon all spice
- ¼ teaspoon tumeric
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- ½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 egg
- 1 mango, peeled and cubed
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix all the green bean ingredients together in a mixing bowl except the oil, cornstarch, green beans and egg. In a separate bowl, break the egg and whisk until mixed. In a third bowl toss the green beans with oil until coated. Add cornstarch and toss until all the beans are coated.
- Create a wet/dry station dipping green beans in the egg then into the bread crumb spice mixture. Place on a sheet tray close but not touching. Repeat with all the beans. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- To make the sauce, puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve on the side of the beans for dipping.