Deep-Fried Green Beans with Zesting Dipping Sauce

vegetable or peanut oil (for frying)

1 cup flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 pound green beans, trimmed

1 cup buttermilk

In a large dutch oven, add oil to a 2-inch depth.

Heat to 375 degrees.

In a shallow bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, salt and peppers.

In a second shallow bowl, pour buttermilk.

Dip green beans into buttermilk.

Then, dredge wet beans in flour mixture to coat.

Fry beans in oil, in batches, until golden and crisp, about 3-5 minutes per batch.

Remove from oil; drain on paper toweling.

Zesty Dipping Sauce

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

Whisk together all ingredients.

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.