Recipe created by Sarah Copeland and Diane Morgan
From the April 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Sizzling veggie fries can be yours at home, baked in the oven—no deep fryer required.
(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.