So while green beans are still plentiful at the super market, I wanted to use them as our “fry” substitute here at home. What I like about green bean fries is that they crunch and have lots of flavor, but are baked and quite a bit healthier. Plus they are a great snack/side to give to kids. In fact they are something you could have your kids make with you! I got this recipe from Family Fun magazine under the “Kids in the kitchen” section.
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 oz fresh green beans, rinsed, patted dry, and trimmed
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil. Coat the foil with cooking spray.
- Place three shallow pans (such as cake pans) in a row. Fill the first with the flour; mix the eggs and milk in the second; and whisk together cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and salt in the third. Place the prepared baking sheet at the end of the row.
3. Dredge the beans, a few at a time, in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the cheese mixture, tossing them gently to coat them completely. Once coated, place them on the baking sheet.
4. Bake the beans until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let them cool slightly before serving.
And if you want gluten free, simply use a little bit of milk and cheese mixture and forget the egg, flour, and panko bread crumbs!
Do you have a different recipe for green bean fries? Please let me know in the comments below!