My favorite sort of fries
I’ve been making these fries for quite some time, much to my own happiness. The rest of my family is less excited but are glad to nibble on them as well. While they may prefer “real” fries, if given the choice, these are my favorite. No questions asked. Lightly coated in olive oil, they get nice and crispy. Plus, once they’re sprinkled with a pinch of salt and dipped in some ketchup, they become utterly addictive. Even better, after you’ve eaten a whole tray by yourself, there’s no need for guilt. Go ahead! Give them a try; you might be surprised at how much you like them.
To learn more about this recipe, originally published in April 2012, keep reading.
I will start with a disclaimer. Do not make this recipe as a way of replacing french fries for people who love them. Although they are salty and have a similar shape, no fan of the french fry will think of these as an equivalent substitute. That being said, these green bean fries will be enjoyed when presented as a secondary salty snack or side dish.
Personally, I am not a fan of most french fries. They tend to be heavy in grease or oil and are unappetizing to me. So, for me, switching to green beans is an easy choice. There is a delicious green veggie as the base, and a light coating of olive oil and salt to give crunch and flavor. Members of my family enjoy them as well, especially when they are served alongside some less healthy snacks. That’s fine with me; they get to enjoy a balance of healthy and unhealthy snacks, and I get more of the green bean fries.
These fries are ridiculously easy to make. Give them a try; they may be an ingenuous way of getting people to eat their veggies.
- 1/2 lb. green beans, washed
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 475.
- Trim ends off of green beans.
- Place green beans on a rimmed baking sheet in a pile.
- Drizzle olive oil over pile, and toss green beans to coat all pieces thoroughly.
- Spread green beans into a single layer and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Flip green beans, making sure to return to a single layer, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them.
- Eat at once; they’re best when hot.