How to: Snack Healthy – Green Bean ‘Fries’

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It’s the beginning of football season. I am not thrilled.

But this year, I’m going to take a glass-half-full approach.

And really focus on the snacks. DSC_9807

When I think ‘football snack’, the words decadent, greasy and fried come to mind.

As does indigestion.

DSC_9811Time for a something on the lighter side methinks.

And while the green beans are still in season  (they are cheap as hell right now), they’re an ideal candidate for a football snack makeover.

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Look a those little cuties. So damn cute I wanna eat ’em.

Which I will.

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A half pound of beans, roughly 30 or so, will make one baking sheet worth of goodies.

When coating anything in batter or crumbs, to avoid a total sticky catastrophe, keep one hand ‘wet’ and one hand ‘dry’.  In this case I used my left to coat the beans in egg and drop the bean in the crumbs.  With my right I covered the bean in crumbs and rolled it around before transferring to the baking sheet.

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It’s crucial to eat them hot and fresh out of the oven.  The crispy factor is key, obviously.

Happy snacking!

Erin

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Green Bean ‘Fries’

Serves Makes about 30 beans
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½lb fresh green beans (trimmed, washed and dried)
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (only the real deal parm)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • ⅛ teaspoon each of salt and pepper

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Combine panko, cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Coat each bean in egg and transfer to bowl with panko mixture, turning to coat. Transfer to a lined and oiled baking sheet.
3. Bake for 13-15 minutes, flipping beans over halfway through cooking time. Eat while hot and crisp.

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