(Green Bean Fries shown second from left)
- 8 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp. ground chipotle chili pepper
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. sugar
- ½ cup cornmeal
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add green beans to pot and cook 2 minutes; transfer to ice water 2 minutes. Transfer beans to a kitchen towel and blot dry.
Meanwhile, place a rack in the lower third of the oven and a second one in the center. Preheat oven to 475°. Set wire cooling racks (optional) on 2 rimmed baking sheets and grease with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together buttermilk, chili, salt, sugar, and cornmeal. Set aside 10 minutes. Toss beans in buttermilk mixture to coat. Arrange, without crowding, in a single layer on baking sheets or wire racks. Bake until coating is golden and crisp, 8 to 9 minutes.
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