A light cornmeal coating and chipotle chile dip make these green beans as addictive as french fries. If you like more texture, use medium-grind cornmeal.
About 3 cups vegetable or canola oil for frying
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 canned chipotle chile, chopped
1 cup flour, divided
1 cup finely ground cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup buttermilk
12 ounces green beans, stem ends trimmed
How to Make It
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 375° on a deep-fry thermometer. Reduce heat to low if it gets too hot.
Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and chipotle in a small bowl; set aside. Mix 1/2 cup flour, the cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Put remaining 1/2 cup flour in a second bowl and buttermilk in a third bowl.
Working with about 10 beans at a time, dust beans with flour, dip in buttermilk, then dredge in cornmeal mixture, breaking clumps apart as needed.
Carefully drop beans into hot oil, turning to keep them from sticking. Fry beans until golden brown, about 3 minutes, increasing or reducing heat as needed to keep oil at 350°. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beans to a tray lined with paper towels. Serve with spicy mayo on the side.