Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Best Baked Green Bean Fries

These are essentially fool-proof, and perfectly crispy!

1 bunch of green beans, washed and ends removed
1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat, I don't think it matters)
2 eggs, beaten into a bowl
1 cup breadcrumbs, plain or seasoned (if plain, spice them up anyway you like! I added 1 tbsp oregano, fresh ground pepper, and 1/4 cup grated pecorino to mine), in a large bowl

Preheat oven to 425 F.  After green beans have been washed and cleaned, toss them together with the flour in a bowl or ziploc bag. Carefully, leaving flour not stuck to the green beans, transfer a handful of green beans at a time to the bowl with egg, and gently stir to coat. Again, leaving behind as much of the egg as possible, transfer (hands or a fork) to the bowl of seasoned breadcrumbs. Toss to coat. Transfer to a baking sheet sprayed or wiped with cooking oil, leaving some space between the fries on the baking sheet, bake for 20 minutes or until golden and crispy. It's important that the fries are in a single layer, with some space between them, so they can get crispy- too close and they'll steam each other and get soggy!

Enjoy with some creamy dipping sauce, or plain! Ranch or a flavored mayo would be great with them :)