I bought fresh green beans at Fayetteville Farmer’s Market last weekend and decided to try my hand at green bean fries. Have you tried the green bean fries that are all the rage at restaurants? Breaded, deep-fried and dipped in some sort of yummy, rich, ranch-like dressing. They’re delicious because, hello, they are fried. My tasty baked green bean fries can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish. Guilt-free, people.
- Two cups fresh green beans
- 1 Tablespoon buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1/8 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 Tablespoon fresh grated parmesan (not the dry stuff in a can!)
- pinch (or more) of cayenne pepper depending on heat level you like
- 1 teaspoon toasted flaxseed (optional)
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray baking dish with cooking spray.
- Trim ends from green beans but leave them long.
- Toss beans in buttermilk to coat. Mix in garlic.
- Mix flaxseed and cayenne with breadcrumbs and pour over beans. Toss. Place on baking dish and sprinkle with half the parmesan. Add salt and pepper.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. Turn beans and sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Bake 10 minutes more (ovens vary).
- Turn heat to broil for final two minutes.
- Serve with your favorite creamy dip.
About the flaxseed...I sneak flaxseed into recipes whenever I can. Flaxseed adds fiber!
Serve with my low-calorie dill dip or your favorite ranch dressing. And I serve them in a Mason jar to make them fancy (because I don’t have one of those fancy restaurant cone thingys). Yes, Mason jars = fancy.
So that’s what’s going on in my kitchen (yesterday actually). Because we can’t eat a lot of fried foods and pretend to be healthy.
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