I guess I have a mini-obsession with trying to turn perfectly fine, normally healthy vegetables into their evil unhealthy cousins – fries. Although, I hardly view plain old classic french fries as “evil.” More like pure awesome all around.
But if I get to choose between a potato fried to a crisp in a giant vat of hot oil and green bean fries – drizzled with a bit of olive oil and baked to crispy wonderful perfection – it definitely behooves me to choose the latter. Both interesting-and-delicious-taste-wise and waistline-wise.
This addictive snack whips up quickly and is devoured even more quickly. Especially if you’re me and you have a hard time stopping yourself.
The green beans get tender, a little chewy, a little crisp in spots. Coarse Panko-style bread crumbs gives a satisfying crunch with every bite; Parmesan cheese and a finish of lemon juice boost their addictive flavor.
Best of all, these come together quickly – they can go from garden to table in just under a half hour.
I wonder, though, if baked fries should really be called “bakes.”
Parmesan Panko Crusted Baked Green Bean Fries
- 1 pound fresh green beans (ends trimmed)
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- The juice from one small lemon (optional)
- Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a small baking dish (room for the beans to roll around), stir together the Panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Crack eggs into a shallow dish and whisk along with 2 tablespoons water.
- Working with three or four beans at a time, dip the beans into the egg, then roll in the crumbs, turning and rolling to coat. Gently lay beans on the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Evenly drizzle olive oil on top of fries.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until tender and golden brown.
- Squeeze a little lemon juice over the beans if you'd like and sprinkle with additional salt, if desired. Serve immediately.
I LOVE roasting green beans, but I never though to make them into “fries.” Awesome idea!! 🙂
These look really good, and what a great alternative!! The Panko crumbs for texture and crunch are a great idea!
I love veggie fries! People need to try them…asap! They taste SO good, it’s unreal! I’ve never done green beans before, but that will sure to be next on my list!
Mmm! What a great idea! I love greens beans! Veggie fries sound super delicious.
Have I mentioned before that YOU ARE THE BEST?! I just pulled another bunch of long beans from the garden this afternoon and now I know what I’m going to do with them because I have everything I need for this recipe. Happy dance!
I want some! I’m happily focusing on the fact that they are healthier than “real” fries… so they must be good for you, right?
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Nice post. Maybe this way the kids would want to eat some green healthy beans. Thanks for sharing.
Why not blanch/cool the green beans 1st, so they don’t overbake to doneness
who knows how to make ice cream
i want to make some fish
Great idea! I’m thinking they would be REALLY good with a blue cheese dip, too.