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Barbudos - String Bean Fritters

Barbudos (string bean fritters) have been helping Costa Ricans mothers feed their kids green vegetables for decades. Crispy, light and refreshing, string bean fritters make a great entrée for a vegetarian dish or a side when paired with a pork chop or steak tenderloin.

Cooking Time: 10 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy


1/2 lb string beans, trimmed
1 teaspoon all purpose flour
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
Salt to taste


  1. Bring salted water to a boil in a saucepan. Add trimmed string beans and cook over moderate heat until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes; drain and transfer them to a plate.

  2. Beat two egg whites in a bowl or a beater until stiff peaks form. Add egg yolks, flour, and salt. Beat for a few minutes.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high. Take a hand full of string beans; dip it into egg mixture, and place it in skillet in a single layer until lightly brown, about three minutes. Turn fritter over to lightly brown the other side.

  4. Drain on a paper towel. Serve with rice and fried plantains.

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