These crispy Baked Asiago Green Bean Fries that you can dunk into a magnificent spicy tomato-basil ketchup. A fun and delicious snack!

Today is our official first day of school. I have a middle school-er, 7th grade – WHAT? I swear I was just there myself! And a 4th grader… I could cry. But one good way to cope… these beans.

Oh yes.

I’m somewhat in love with these green bean fries, and equally if not more in love with the spicy, tomato-basil ketchup that I dunked them in. I don’t even like ketchup and I’m soooo incredibly obsessed with this!

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There I was, alone while the girls were at a friend’s house… I had a couple pounds of fresh green beans that I picked up from my favorite market and nothing but time to kill. I had to do something with the green beans before they went bad, so I made them into fries. Naturally.

what you'll need

My daughter sparked this idea when earlier in the summer when I made grilled green beans and she said that they were “like the next french fry”. I thought, hmmm french fry… green beans… why yes, it can totally happen.

But like any french fry, you’re going to need something to dip them in. And only because I was using Asiago cheese in the breading for the beans, I thought it only natural to pop some basil in my ketchup.

Now let’s do this.

basil and garlic

In the bowl of your mini food processor throw in a half cup of washed and dried basil leaves along with a clove of peeled fresh garlic.

chili flakes

Then I threw in a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes, up the amounts for an uber-spicy ketchup.

salt pepper and ketchup

Throw in a half cup of ketchup (homemade, not homemade… nobody judges here), kosher salt and coarse black pepper.

pulse

Next, secure the lid, and pulse until the garlic and basil are mixed throughout.

spicy tomato-basil ketchup YUM

Boom. Spicy, tomato-basil ketchup. Tomato ketchup plus garlic plus basil plus red pepper flakes are a sure way to turn up the notch on regular old ketchup. Of course, making your own ketchup and then following the steps above will only make this fabulous ketchup… more fabulous.

trim

Now… before you do anything green bean related you must trim off the stems. FYI two pounds of green beans = a lot of stem removal.

boil water

Let’s blanch, shall we? Since I had two l-b’s of beans and only needed one pound of them… I first blanched them. To do that bring a big pot, or deep 10-inch skillet filled with water to a boil.

season with salt

Next, add a good pinch or two of kosher salt…

drop in the beans

And then carefully drop in ALL of the beans.

blanching

Then give the beans 3-4 minutes in the water, to par-cook those beauts.

remove with tongs

Using tongs, grab a bunch of beans…

ice bath

Next plunge them into a nearby icy water bath. This will shock the beans, put a halt to cooking and lock in the bright green color.

weigh'em out

Then using my trusty scale, I measured out about a pound.

how to flash freeze

And flash froze the rest of my beans… ya-know for the next time I’m craving these fries of course!

Now to flash freeze it’s ridiculously simple. Wash, trim, blanch and pat-dry the beans and scatter them on a parchment lined, rimmed sheet pan. Pop them into the freezer for 25 minutes. Remove and store in a freezer-safe bag. So incredibly simple.

breading station

Now go get organized with your breading stations. Two whipped egg whites in one. 1 cup Asiago, 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs and black pepper in the other.

mixed

Mix.

toss in the egg whites

Then transfer a few green beans into the egg whites, let any excess drip off before…

drain and toss in panko-asiago crumbs

Next, drop the green beans in to the Asiago breading. Toss them all around and…

line em up!

…start lining them up!

bake

Then bake in a 425° oven for 15-20 minutes. Do not turn or flip or the “breading” may tear away from the bean.

baked

Next, let the baked asiago green bean fries cool for 5 minutes before serving with that glorious basil-ketchup…

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… and beer, or any midday nip if that’s your thing… so totally my thing.

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Crispy, cheesy, tomato-basil-y heaven. I’m pretty sure I just died when I snacked on {all} these.

all gone

I’m serious.

dip

PROMISE ME you’ll make the ketchup… you’re life will be forever changed. Swear.

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Oh and while you’re at it… make the baked asiago green bean fries, they’ll help you cope with summer ending and school beginning.

Enjoy! And if you give these Baked Asiago Green Bean Fries a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Baked Asiago Green Bean Fries and Spicy Tomato-Basil Ketchup

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Baked Asiago Green Bean Fries + Spicy Tomato-Basil Ketchup
Yield: 6+ servings

Baked Asiago Green Bean Fries + Spicy Tomato-Basil Ketchup

Crispy Asiago coated baked green bean "fries" that you can dunk into a magnificent spicy tomato-basil ketchup.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

SPICY TOMATO-BASIL KETCHUP:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves (rinsed and patted dry)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and coarse black pepper, to taste

BAKED ASIAGO GREEN BEAN FRIES:

  • 1 pound trimmed fresh green beans
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Asiago cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • A couple pinches of coarse black pepper
  • kosher salt

Instructions

For the Tomato-Basil Ketchup: In the bowl of a food processor {mini works perfectly!} add the basil leaves, garlic, pepper flakes, ketchup and s & p. Pulse until garlic is minced fine. Chill until ready to serve.

For the Green Bean Fries:

To Blanche: Rinse and then trim the stems off of a pound of green beans. Bring a pot of water to boil and season with a couple pinches of kosher salt. Drop in the pound of trimmed green beans for 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl with icy water. After the 3-4 minutes are up, remove the beans with tongs and plunge into the icy water. Remove and towel dry.

For your breading stations; in one shallow dish whisk two egg whites. In a separate bowl stir together the Asiago, Panko and black pepper.

Working in batches; toss the green beans in the egg whites, drain off the excess and toss them in the Asigao bread crumb mixture.

Place the breaded green beans on a parchment or Silpat lined sheet pan.

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Do not turn or toss, just watch closely so the green bean fries do not burn.

Remove and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and serve with tomato-basil ketchup.

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