When I think of what vegetables I like to cook, green beans rarely come to my mind.
Perhaps it’s because they aren’t the tastiest vegetables around (in my opinion)… and because if you don’t cook them correctly, the end result may end up chewy or mushy and unappetizing instead of crunchy and delicious.
Today’s recipe will make you rethink your opinion of these often stringy veggies!
They usually tend to be relegated as a side or part of the main dish, usually with other ingredients mixed in to hide them.
But in this recipe, they are the stars!
Coated in panko breadcrumbs that crisp up as they bake, these make a wonderful appetizer. We use the same breadcrumbs for our fried kohlrabi – a perfect ingredient for a crispy crust!
They’re perfect for serving guests, family, and friends! Plus, this is a good way of adding more fiber to your diet for a healthy tummy, all while having something tasty to eat!
I love serving these fries with a spicy dipping sauce made by mixing mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce, as it gives them just a bit of heat.
Want to try the recipe today? Let’s get to it right now!
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prepare Your Ingredients
Start by preheating your oven to 425°F, and then lining 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set them aside.
Step 2 – Cut the Veggies
Wash the string beans, and cut the ends off with a sharp knife.
Make sure to discard any that feel soft instead of firm – this will affect the results of the dish.
Step 3 – Set up the Dredging Stations
In a medium bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and salt. Mix well until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Place the flour in another bowl.
In a third bowl, beat the eggs together.
Step 4 – Dredge the Vegetables
Start by coating them in the flour one at a time.
Then, dip them into the beaten egg mixture.
Finally, coat them with the panko mixture.
Step 5 – Lay Out and Bake
Lay out the breaded veggies on the prepared baking sheets in a single layer, about ½-inch apart from each other.
Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes until the breadcrumb coating is golden and crispy.
A Healthy, Delicious Appetizer Everyone Will Love!
If you’ve run out of ideas to serve your guests when they come over, this simple recipe may just become your favorite starter.
The crispy texture makes these string beans extremely addictive and delicious! We love alternative recipes for the traditional french fry. After you polish off these ones, try our recipes for sweet potato, batter-dipped avocado, and oven-baked versions. You’ll even find a recipe smothered in Gruyere cheese and lemon dressing!
Take a look at some of our other exciting appetizers to serve your guests. We have quite a few delicious ideas for you to try!
Want to keep your focus on these jolly green veggies? Try our recipes for:
- Spicy Garlic Green Beans
- Sriracha Tofu, Green Bean, and Carrot Stir-Fry
- Green Beans with Shallots, Garlic, Toasted Almonds, and Cranberries
What are some other fun ways to cook these vegetables? Let us know in the comments below!
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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Felicia Lim
Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.