23 April 2012

Asparagus Fries [Guest Post!]

Morning loves!  Liz from Blog is the New Black is taking over P&C today.  

HOW-EV-ER, just because I'm not here doesn't mean you're allowed to throw paper airplanes, give wedgies, scarf copious amounts of sugar, and/or skip over your veggies at lunch!  Quite the opposite, young grasshoppers  ;)  Attendance will be taken and veggies will be eaten.  

Love your faces off!!!!
xoXOxo
Jenn

baked panko asparagus fries

Hey, guys!  My name is Liz and I share recipes and blurbs about life with Lloyd (my soon-to-be hubby!) over at Blog is the New Black.  In my free time, I can be found in my kitchen whipping up healthy dinners like buffalo chicken chili as well as not-so-healthy baked goods, like my recent s’mores bars.  Although I go weak in the knees for chocolate, most of the meals I cook for my fiancĂ© and I are pretty nutritious.  It’s all about balance for me.  Luckily, I adore most vegetables, but I know that isn’t the case for everyone.  I especially love asparagus, and I could eat those delicious little green spears every day!  Even for veggie lovers like me, having them the same way at every meal can be boring!  Change it up a little!

Because I know not everyone is on the asparagus train with me, 
I’m sharing a fun way to get you to take the ride! 
All aboard!

baked panko asparagus fries

Baked Asparagus Fries (Serves 2)
Ingredients
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C panko
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends cut off
  • Cooking spray

Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 450.
2. Whisk together flour, panko, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
3. Dip the asparagus one by one in the egg and milk mixture, then in the panko mixture, and repeat one more time.
4. Place the batter-coated veggies on a cookie rack over a foil-lined baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray.
5. Place in oven until browned, flipping halfway through. Once the asparagus is flipped, coat with cooking spray again.
6. Cooking time will vary, but mine took about 3 minutes on each side.


baked panko asparagus fries

These crispy panko-encrusted stems can be eaten with your hands and dipped in Heinz 57, if you so choose.  Personally, I think they are wonderful all by their lonesome.  This method can be used with lots of veggies to kick up the flavor and texture a bit! 


Thanks Liz!

Homework:  
Who would win in an arm-wrestling match --  Asparagus or Green Beans?

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15 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I think I would love these!  As Jenn knows, I currently only have a toaster oven (vs. a conventional oven) available to me ... think the toaster oven could do the trick??

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  2. TheMrsatSuccessAlongtheWeighMonday, April 23, 2012

    These should pair nicely with my new asparagus obsession!  Thanks!

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  3. Schnookums I think you could!!! Yes im writing you from the hotel bc I love u that much! How high does the temp on your toaster oven go?
    Sent from my Samsung Captivate(tm) on AT&T

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  4. Green beans, hands down! Well, only because I made green bean fries yesterday and posted about them today.   I say we have a little veggie fry thrown down and see who wins ;) 

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  5. I've made these before! They are delicious and were a hit with the fam! 

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  6. Look crispy and still in tack.  I guess the trick to not having limp asparagus is to put them in a high heat oven for a short amount of time.  Thanks for sharing!

    Christina
    www.becauseofmadalene.com

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  7. Oh my!  I love asparagus...but I think I could love it even more this way :)

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  8. I love asparagus!! Word on the street is that it's about to come into season here (which is really early for Ontario!) and I am so excited to see the local veggie stands open up! This is a great new recipe that I will definitely be trying!

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  9. This is new to me...I've tried many fry varieties but it never occured to me that the asparagus is perfectly suited to the task. Will try!

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  10. This is a great idea! Shock horror I am actually not a huge asparagus fan, but when my mom makes it by roasting it with some grated Parmesan cheese over it and it forms a kind of crust as it melts, I like it. So I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy breaded asparagus!! Yum :) Thanks Liz!

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  11. Asparagus is my "this is all there is so I have to eat it veg," but those little crispy green goodnesses wouldn't get even one complaint out of me! Except for the fact that Jenn is MIA :) Really, really glad you introduced Liz! I already found several new recipes from her blog. 

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  12. Love it!  What a fun way to liven up asparagus!

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  13. Okay, I am SO making these--I love asparagus and I love panko. This is brilliant!

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  14. Thanks for all the kinds words!  Jenn, thanks for having me!

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  15. Love this since I can veganize it!

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