Baked Green Bean Fries

by Heather on August 30, 2011

Last night there was a debate at our house.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  “A debate?  At YOUR house?  No, no way.  Can’t be happening.”

 

And I know you’re thinking that sarcastically.  And I am totally laughing too…every day there’s some sort of debate, appropriate or not, going on in our house.  We just like to keep the mind fresh, you know?  Either that or we’re both too stubborn to let the other person win.

 

I’ll let you decide for yourself which one it is.

Anyway, the debate was over these delicious baked green bean fries.  I said they’re fries.  Nate said they’re not because they’re not fried.  I said they’re healthier fries.  He said they’re still not fries.

 

I get his side, really I do.  But I will also point out that if I bake potato fries there’s never this much push-back on calling them fries, and that my friends is where the debate comes in.  Does that mean that anything that is oven-fried is actually not fried?  Because by Nate’s standards that would be the case, although it’s not correct.  By process of this being my blog, I win.

 

Good thing I still (and always will) love him!

BAKED GREEN BEAN FRIES

Perfect as a side for just about any dinner or a fabulous after-school of after-work snack, these green bean fries allow you to sneak veggies into the meal in a fun way.  Play around with dipping sauces for an even yummier experience!

 

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed and with ends trimmed
  • 3 eggs, whisked together
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • optional spices:  chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, Greek seasoning, or your favorite spice!

Preheat oven to 400.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.  Add the breadcrumbs to a large ziploc bag, along with the salt and pepper and spices.  Dump the green beans into the egg mixture and, using your hands (it’s a dirty job!) coat all of the beans with the egg.  Next add the coated beans to the ziploc bag, seal, and shake to coat with the breadcrumbs.  If needed add more breadcrumbs.  Turn out the contents of the bag onto the baking sheet and spread the beans evenly.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, then gently turn the fries to evenly bake.  Bake another 10-15 minutes until breadcrumbs are browned and crisp.  Serve straight from the baking sheet with whatever sauces you like to dip in!  We love ranch and ketchup, not together, but salsa or even guacamole would be good too!

 

**Note:  after baking let the beans cool a bit before piling on top of one another.  This will keep them crisp and insure the breading stays on them!**

Nate, I love you.  But I win.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kita August 30, 2011

I am a lover of all things green beans! They were my favorite snack in high school. These look great!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet August 30, 2011

i’d totally eat these vegetables.

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3 The Purple Carrot August 30, 2011

Definitely still fries! ;) They look delicious!

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4 brandi August 30, 2011

considering that i’ve canned 20 jars of green beans and I STILL have a bushel on my back porch….I need to make these.

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5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 30, 2011

While I see Nate’s point here, I have to agree with you on the sole basis of the potatoes. They are still “fries” even when oven baked, therefore so are these green beans :)

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6 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 30, 2011

I got green beans in my CSA and I’m totally going to make these! only question is…do I have bread crumbs?! I usually replace bread crumbs with panko but I know I’m out of panko!

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7 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 30, 2011

Yum! I’ve always wanted to try these :)

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8 Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 30, 2011

I love green beans but always make them the same way, great idea!

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9 Delishhh August 30, 2011

LOL – I think that if anything looks like fries is it called fries. I bake my potaotes and call them fries. So here i would say green bean fries. I am with you. . .

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10 Mama Pea August 30, 2011

I agree…call ‘em fries. It makes ‘em even more appealing (as if that’s possible).

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11 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 30, 2011

Green beans really never appeal to me…now they do!

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12 Erin August 30, 2011

I love this idea! Makes vegetables look delicious!

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13 Sarah August 30, 2011

Ooo, going to have to try these! I’m glad we’re not the only couple that has random debates – we both get on tangents and just cannot let the other person win. Some topics we just don’t even bring up anymore, lol!

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14 Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? August 30, 2011

I agree; they’re fries!! These look pretty tasty. Even my picky husband would like them!

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15 Alexandria August 30, 2011

Mmmmm!!! These look so yummy! Also looks like a great way to sneak some veggies into my husband’s diet! :) Thanks!

~Alex
http://therolexrelease.blogspot.com

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16 Danguole August 31, 2011

I love this! I’d try it with some curry powder… The possibilities are endless and delicious!

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17 The Food Hunter September 1, 2011

What a cool idea….a great way to convert non veggie eaters for sure.

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18 Ashleigh @ simplehonestreal.com November 13, 2011

Those green beans look great! Putting them on my menu this week. Thanks!

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