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T.G.I. Friday's Crispy Green Bean Fries

By Todd Wilbur


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Menu Description: "Crunchy and crisp battered green beans with a cool creamy Cucumber-Wasabi Ranch dip."

T.G.I. Friday's new finger food offering might just make you forget about French fries. At least for a little while. Flavorful green beans are coated with tasty breadcrumbs, then fried to a golden brown, and served with a side of creamy wasabi dipping sauce. This item has quickly become the top seller on the chain's new appetizer menu as Friday's becomes the first major casual restaurant to introduce a dish that has been popular for several years at upscale chains.

Creating a home version isn't just a matter of breading and frying fresh green beans. My first attempts using a breading technique employed for perfect onion rings produced beautiful looking fried beans, but they were undercooked and had an overwhelming green bean flavor that was absent from the Friday's version. So, I had to figure out a good way to get the green bean-ness out of there. After a few tests that included steaming, baking, and boiling, I finally settled on blanching the beans in a flavorful broth. The secret technique, which you'll find here, tenderizes the beans while injecting pleasant flavor that closely resembles the Friday's favorite.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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walkie74
Sep 25, 2007, 22:00

I love these with a passion, especially if I'm doing tempura night. Two different batches of veggies, but I can eat myself silly on them! Just don't try to keep them for the next day, that never works...

Paula
Sep 12, 2007, 22:00

I love it..but when I asked Frodays food preparers what they used, he said he couldnt tell me but told me with a wink think ONION. SO I bet they are Frenchs Fried Onions crushed up instead or or in the bread crumbs. That is why they taste like onion rings. So I am going to try it that way but I love them this way anyways. TRY THEM ....you will be addicted. My son who HATES green beans as much as I do, loves these.

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