Thursday, January 14, 2016

Baked Green Bean "Fries"

We had these Green Bean "Fries" at a new movie theater that has opened near our home... The new concept these days is to combine snacks/dinner with movies.. where you can order while watching a movie or buy and take inside to much on while enjoying the movie and the varieties are much more than popcorn/candy. While I would much prefer samosas and hot tea as munchies, we did enjoy these spicy green bean fries and brownie bites.

Back home, I wanted to re-create the dish but had no intentions of deep frying green beans and decided to try a baked version and it was delicious - especially when it's just out of the oven.  The beans were cooked perfectly and they had a spicy, crunchy exterior. 

BAKED GREEN BEAN "FRIES"



Ingredients
Fresh French / Green beans (fresh)  - 30 to 35
All purpose flour - 4 tbsp 
Egg whites - 3 to 4 tbsp  
Sriracha chilli sauce - 1 tsp
Bread Crumbs - for 3 larges slices of bread
Parmesan cheese - 1 to 2 tbsp
Red Chilli Flakes - 1 tsp
Garlic powder, pepper powder, dried italian seasoning, salt to taste
Oil - to spray

Method:
1)  Prehead oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and spray with oil evenly.

2) Keep three separate wide bowls or plates ready: in the first one add 3 tbsp flour, in the second one combine egg whites with 1 tbsp flour, garlic powder,  dried italian seasoning, salt, pepper, sriracha. For the third one combine in a mixie/blender , bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, red chilli flakes and spread out (preferably in batches so it doesn't all get wet and clumpy). 

3) Wash and trim the green beans... (do not dry completely, they should be wet - but not dripping water)

4) Take a few beans at a time and dredge in flour,  the wetness of the beans will help the flour adhere to the beans. Next dip in the egg-white mixture and roll in the breadcrumbs and off to the baking tray... Repeat this process until all beans are done. 

5) Spray some oil on top of the beans and bake for 10 mins one one side, flip the beans and allow to cook for another 7 minutes. Enjoy hot.

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