Fried Green Beans (Peixinhos da Horta)

Fried Green Beans, known in Portugal as Peixinhos da Horta, are a centuries old dish with tons of history that are easy to make and totally delicious. Peixinhos da Horta were initially made on Portuguese ships as a method of keeping the vegetables from going bad. These deliciously fried green beans were introduced in Portuguese travels to Japan and became the inception for what is now known as Japanese Tempura cooking. With the addition of some simple ingredients to flavor the green beans, these crunchy little fried green beans are the perfect snack, and great for serving when guests are around.

*Serves 3-4*
Ingredients:
1 pound green beans
3 cups oil, for frying
3/4 cup flour
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1) Bring a saucepan with a cup of water and a teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add the beans to the pot of boiling water and cook until almost tender but still slightly crisp, about 2 minutes.
2) Remove the beans once done and transfer them to a bowl with cold water for about a minute. Once done, place them on paper towels to dry.
3) Now heat the oil in a deep fryer or a large saucepan to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
4) Combine the flour, cup of water, eggs, and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl and whisk until the batter reaches a smooth and even consistency.
5) One by one, dip the green beans in this batter and then immediately fry them in the fryer until golden brown. Once each one is done place them on paper towels to dry.
6) Sprinkle the deep-fried green beans with salt to taste and serve once done.

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