Dunk Baked Green Bean Fries into a Balsamic Yogurt Dip or eat them hot out of the oven. Either way, you’ll satisfy your need to crunch and get a healthy dose of veges in this fun appetizer or side dish.
How about some fries with your turkey? 🙂
While many are looking forward to a creamy, traditional green bean casserole next Thursday, I think crunchy green beans might be a nice change of pace. I can just imagine the look of surprise from my family when I ask if anyone would like “fries” with their turkey. It’s got to happen!
Luckily, this recipe is EASY to make and the beans will quickly cook while the turkey is resting. Here’s the low-down on…
Baked Green Bean Fries
Wash and trim the beans. Snap off the ends, nip them with cooking shears or cut them with a knife. It really doesn’t matter how you do it. (Have you ever wondered if it does?) The whole point is to get rid of strings and hard ends. Make sure to pat them dry with a paper towel before moving on to the breading step.
Coat the beans with olive oil and then toss them in a mixture of finely grated Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and paprika. The “breading” is very similar to the coating used on Parmesan Paprika Chicken.
Lastly, bake ’til crispy and starting to brown. That’s it!
A dip really wasn’t necessary. The beans are tasty hot from the oven. But, this dip is a cool and tangy contrast to the hot bean fries. Make sure to use an electric mixer to blend so that the balsamic vinegar is fully incorporated into the yogurt.
Drizzle the dipping sauce over the beans for a fancy, schmancy presentation…after all it is Thanksgiving. Or, pass a big plate of fries to the smiles of your guests.
- 1 pound green beans, wash, dried and trimmed
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (5.3 ounce container) non-fat
- 1½ Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Toss green beans with olive oil.
- In a separate bowl mix together Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and paprika.
- Working in batches, lift green beans into the bowl with the Parmesan mixture and toss to coat.
- Transfer beans to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and coated with cooking spray. Beans should be in a single layer.
- Roast for approximately 12 minutes and then turn heat to broil and cook for about 2 minutes more. Beans will begin to brown in spots, but will not be charred or dark all over.
- To make dip, add the ingredients to a bowl and use an electric mixer to thoroughly combine.
- Serve green bean fries hot from the oven with dip.
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