Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries

45-minThese crispy parmesan baked green bean fries are coated in Panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then baked to crispy perfection.  You’ll be fighting over who gets the last one!

You guys…how is it AUGUST?!  It’s just insane how quickly this summer is flying by!

I am currently ignoring the fact that September is approaching, and the fact that Kai will start childcare and I will go back to my stressful PhD.

Instead I’m focusing on the great things that August has to offer: warm evenings, lots of walks, picnics, playgrounds and splash pools, our upcoming trip to my hometown, and the awesome bounty of produce: cherries, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, peas, zucchinis, and beans!

And I made us some crispy parmesan baked green bean fries!

 Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries

Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries

Beans are at their best this time of year, so fresh, crisp and crunchy.  I’m not normally that into beans, but when they are fresh like this, sign me up!

I knew I wanted to make a bean dish this week, and I was originally thinking salad…and I do love a good bean salad, but it was lacking a little excitement for me.

Somehow visions of Panko and Parmesan flashed through my mind and I knew exactly what I was going to make…baked green bean fries!  There was no turning back from that idea!

Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries

Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries

The first time I made these baked green bean fries, I didn’t make enough, and they were so good that Ben and I were actually arguing over who had more on their plate!  I made him give me some of his because he ate three right off the baking sheet…fair’s fair, right?

Are we in the Twilight Zone?  I mean who argues over beans?!

But these are no ordinary beans…rolled in Panko {Japanese seasoned breadcrumbs}, Parmesan cheese, a little garlic salt and some pepper, then baked up till they are crispy and perfect…definitely worth arguing over!

These guys would make a great healthier substitute for french fries…maybe to trick your kids into eating- and liking- beans! {Disclaimer- clearly from this post I have no idea how to get kids to eat food.  I’m far from an expert!}

Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries

Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries

Before you run off an make these, let me offer you a word of advice: make sure the beans you use are the fresh, crunchy kind.  If they are chewy and stringy to start with, they will make for chewy and stringy fries…yuck!

OK?  And….GO!

More healthy snacks for us!

Crispy Parmesan Baked Green Bean Fries
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 400g fresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
Panko Mixture
  • 1 cup Panko {Japanese seasoned bread crumbs}
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese {loosely packed}
  • ¾ tsp garlic salt
  • fresh ground pepper {around 20 grinds, ¼ tsp or so}
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Place flour, eggs, and Panko mixture in three separate shallow bowls.
  3. Dredge beans in flour, then eggs, then Panko mixture.
  4. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden and crispy.
  5. Serve immediately
Notes
The dip in the video is the Caesar dressing from this post.

Make sure to use crunchy beans, if they taste stringy and chewy to start with, they will probably not crisp up in the oven.

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