Try saying that title 3 times super fast after a couple of beers.
A long time ago TGI sold a side of crunchy fried green beans and they were so delicious that I swear my parents used to make excuses to go to the USA for them alone. When TGI finally made the leap across the pond, they didn’t bring the crispy delights with them, which was rather a disappointment for The McGees.
Recently my dad found something similar in Tesco (filo edamame beans) and we all really enjoyed them, but I decided to recreate the original TGI dish with a slightly healthier twist today.
These are super easy and are a great accompaniment to just about anything, take about the same amount of time as fries and are about 100x healthier.
I’m not even going to say any more because I know you’re dying to eat these babies.
For the beans:
2 handfuls fresh green beans
3 tbsp flour
6 tbsp crispy breadcrumbs
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp milk
For the Honey Mustard
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp american style hotdog mustard
1tsp runny honey
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with foil.
2. In one bowl whisk together the egg and milk. A second bowl should house the flour, and a third should be used to blend the other dry ingredients.
3. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the green beans for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and submerge in cold water before patting dry.
4. Dip the beans a few at a time in the flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs before laying on the foil. Ensure they aren’t touching each other. This part gets really messy, and you’ll be tempted to lick your fingers, but don’t because raw egg.
5. Bung them into the oven for approx 20 minutes.
Meanwhile it’s time to make the honey mustard, for which there is just 1 step. Put all of the ingredients together in one small ramekin and stir aggressively until they have blended. Adjust to taste- adding more mayo if you prefer it creamy, more honey if your favour sweetness, and more mustard if zing is your thing.
Pull these bad boys out of the oven and serve hot – green beans don’t hold warmth for long. They tend not to last long enough to go cold anyway.
You could even experiment with other flavours, I like the simplicity and warmth of paprika, but garlic and onion powder works, as does cajun spice or southern fried chicken blend. It’d probably be tasty with fivespice too.
Do you remember the TGI version? Will you be giving these a go?