Enjoy one of your favorite Applebee’s starters at home with my version of Green Bean Crispers with Lemon Garlic Aioli.
After a brief hiatus from the blog I’m back and ready to start experimenting again in the kitchen. When I was thinking about which recipe to make and post first, I automatically went to these Green Bean Crispers with Lemon Garlic Aioli; which is an Applebee’s copycat recipe.
During the break, we drove to Florida from New Jersey to see my Mom for her 70th birthday. Since we weren’t going to have much time, we decided to leave early in the morning the day after Christmas (3am) and do the first part of the trip at our home on Anna Maria Island; which takes about 19 hours to get there, before heading over to Disney to ring in the new year with some friends.
We had four drivers so we figured we could all take turns, but the kids wound up sleeping most of the way and my eyes aren’t what they used to be; especially at night on long highway drives so hubby did most of the driving. We were fine until we hit South Carolina; which had other plans for us that day because it took us over 7 hours to get through 198 miles. Seriously SC, please put in 3 lanes on 95 like the rest of the states, I beg you! 🙂
We finally made it to the end of Georgia (exit 3) by 9:15pm and decided to stop and sleep for the night since we were all exhausted and had another 5 hours ahead of us to go. Besides, we had eaten lunch at noon and we were all starving and decided to stop at Applebee’s before heading to the hotel. Once we got there, we ordered some apps to hold us over until our food came and of course, we had to get their Green Bean Crispers; which are one of our favorites.Learn how to make these Applebee's Copycat Green Bean Crispers at home. Click To Tweet
I know these aren’t the healthiest recipe to make; especially since coming off of the holidays, but I just had to share how easy they are to make at home and since you all seem to LOVE copycat recipes, I chose this one to experiment with first. All you need are fresh green beans, flour and a bottle of beer. That’s it. Just mix the beer and flour, dip the beans into the batter and fry in some hot oil. For the lemon garlic aioli, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and zest, garlic and Dijon mustard in a mini food processor. It takes just a few minutes and can be made while the beans are frying.
My family loved this recipe; though I have to say it did taste better fresh, hot out of the oil. When my family ate them, I had cooked them, refrigerated; then reheated in the oven and though they were still tasty, they were a bit more oily the second time. The lemon garlic aioli gives these Green Bean Crispers a light, refreshing flavor and I hope you like them as much as we did. ~Enjoy!
- 1 lb . Fresh Green Beans, washed and ends trimmed
- 1 c . All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 c . Beer
- 1-2 c . Oil, for frying (I used Canola)
- 1/2 c . Mayonnaise, I use Hellmann's/Best
- 1/2 Lemon, zest and juice
- 1 tsp . Dijon Mustard
- 1 Clove Garlic
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large saute pan. (You can also use a deep fryer if you have one)
- Combine the flour and beer in a large bowl and mix well; removing the lumps. Add the green beans to the batter and coat.
- Working in batches, place the green beans in the hot oil shaking off any excess batter before placing them into the pan. Cook 2-4 minutes then drain on paper towels; repeat for the remaining green beans.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small food processor or blender and pulse on high until creamy. Can be made up to two days ahead and kept refrigerated.
What is your favorite appetizer or starter at Applebee’s?
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