Have you ever been to T.G.I. Fridays? I haven’t. But apparently they have an fried green bean appetizer with a wasabi cucumber ranch dip. Although I’ve never tried this in the actual restaurant, I did try a sample of it at Sams Club. They sell the infamous TGI Friday green bean fries. And let me just save you the trouble now of buying these.. they were awful.
With that said, my mom has been making these type of fries for a long time. In fact every time my daughter goes to her house, she requests these fries and like a good grandma, she delights in making it for her.
So here is my version. I made this last night. The beans lasted all of 5 minutes and poof! – they were gone. But we had plenty of the dip left over and it I’m so glad for it. I’ve been dipping potato chips, carrot sticks, and spreading it on bagels. I can’t wait to make a roast beef sandwich with it. So here you go, a nice appetizer to start the weekend. TGIF!
Panko Friend Green Beans with Wasabi Cucumber Ranch dip
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces fresh green beans
1 cup flour
1 cup panko crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cup vegetable oil ( used half vegetable and half olive oil)
Wasabi Cucumber Ranch Dip
1/2 cup bottled ranch dressing
1 cucumber – peeled, seeded, minced
2 tbs sour cream
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons wasabi paste
1/4 cup of cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulsate for 1 minute. Transfer the dip into a bowl and place in the refrigerator.
Wash and trim green beans. In 3 medium bowls, place flour, salt, and garlic powder in one bowl. In the second bowl mix the egg and milk together. In the third bowl place panko crumbs.
Heat oil in a medium skillet to medium high heat.
This is a 3 step process. First coat the beans in the flour, then wash them in the egg mixture, and then place the beans in the panko crumbs.
Fry the beans in oil until golden brown. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel covered plate. Transfer to serving dish and serve with wasabi cucumber ranch dip. Enjoy!