Thursday, September 13, 2012

Baked Green Bean Fries with Lemon Garlic Aioli and P.F. Chang's Green Bean Sauce (aka Sriracha Mayo)

If you've ever been to P.F. Changs, and you didn't order their Green Bean Fries, then you're missing out. If you've ever been to TGI Friday's, and you didn't order their Green Bean Fries, then you're missing out. The GB Fries at P.F. Changs aren't the same as the GB Fries at TGI Friday's. P.F Changs does a tempura batter on theirs and serves them with a sriracha mayo sauce, while TGI Friday's has a breadcrumb type of coating and serves them with a wasabi ranch sauce. Seriously, who doesn't like fries? Even better, who doesn't like vegetables when they taste like fries?! If you aren't one of those people, then this recipe isn't for you, sorry.

I've made a fried version of this recipe before, but I had to fry too many batches because I don't have a fryer. I can't have a fryer in the house. I will literally fry everything. It's a fact. I digress... So when I came across this recipe for a baked version coated in panko, I was super excited! They were easy to make too. The first time I made these, they were served along P.F. Chang's Lettuce wraps and the copycat Green Bean Fry sauce from P.F. Changs. They were fabulous! The second time I made them I served them with a Lemon Garlic Aioli, also fabulous! Might I also add, tonight at dinner my toddler gobbled about 10 of these down, and kept asking for more. Also, this is a great way to use up all of the green beans some of you have coming out of your garden.

I've given both of the sauce recipes at the bottom of the post so you can choose one or make them both! Either way, you'll want to try these!

Baked Green Bean Fries from Prevention RD

1/2 lb green beans
1 cup flour
1 egg
1/2 cup skim milk
2 cups panko bread crumbs
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
Kosher salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Fill a large pan with 2-3 inches of water and bring to a boil. While water comes to a boil, trim the green beans. Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.

Blanch the beans for 3 minutes and immediately remove them to the ice bath.

To prepare beans, gather three bowls. In the first bowl, combine the flour and spices. In the second bowl, combine the egg and milk, whisking to combine. In the third and final bowl, place the panko and season with salt and pepper. Remove 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture and whisk into the egg/milk mixture.

Pat the beans dry and dredge in the flour mixture, then into the milk/egg mixture, and finally into the panko to coat. Arrange the beans in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil which has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Prepare all of the beans in that manner. Lightly spray beans with olive oil spray.

Bake beans at 425 F for 15 minutes, or until slightly browned.

Lemon-garlic Aioli from Heather Likes Food

3/4 C mayonnaise
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, finely mined
1/8 tsp black pepper

Combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper and stir. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors blend.

P. F. Changs Sauce for Fried Green Beans adapted from

1 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 tablespoons sirachi hot chili sauce
6 green onions, whites only, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish

Place ingredients in blender or food processor and mix til smooth.

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