Its majorly hot outside, but that couldn’t stop me from turning on the oven for a short while today in order to bring you these spicy green bean “fries” Let’s be real. A girl can only eat so many salads and peanut butter sandwiches before actual cooking becomes inevitable. These “fries” took practically no time at all, and while they were in the oven I sat in front of a fan to keep the sweating to a minimum. The creamy avocado dipping sauce helped with the cooling process as well.
Talk about a great, healthy, SEASONAL substitution for your standard starchy side dish. These “fries” were perfectly crisp, and packed with glorious spicy flavor thanks to some dried hatch chile powder I mixed into the panko. You could make these with all kinds of vegetables from asparagus to cauliflower. Think of it like a new take on vegetable tempura.
I’m a huge fan of beans, and have fond memories of sitting on the porch in the late summer snapping off the ends for my mom while she worked on the rest of dinner. I’m really anxious to see what everyone else makes with their fresh snap beans, so be sure to head over to our BEANS LINK PARTY and link up your recipes
Spicy Green Bean “Fries” with Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce
1 lb fresh green beans, ends removed
1/2 c panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper
1 T dried hatch chile powder
2 eggs lightly beaten
For the sauce
1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
2 T plain greek yogurt
juice from 1/2 lime
1 T finely chopped cilantro
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a shallow dish combine panko, hatch chile powder and salt and pepper to taste. Place beaten eggs in another shallow dish.
Dip each bean in eggs then coat with panko mixture. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake beans for 15-20 minutes until panko is golden brown.
Meanwhile, whisk together all dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
Allow beans to cool slightly then serve with dipping sauce.
Note: This recipe is easy to make for one or for a crowd. Adjust measurements depending on the number of people you’re serving