Well, we all WANT chips or fries....especially Five Guys Burgers and Fries' fries. BUT what should eat is totally different.
Now, I love salads. I have blogged about them often (Apple and Feta Salad and Zalads at Zaxby's), but I like something crunchy with my burgers. Maybe a little less, healthy....but not as bad for me as my beloved french fries. Kinda like how I made guacamole for my burger sauce instead of using mayo. And yes- I was weak and added quite a bit of bacon. But that is why I needed a nice healthy side.
So, I have been experimenting with different things like pairing it with a soup or a baked potato. But it is not quite right. I always end up wanting fries or chips. Then I found this amazing recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon Blog to make Asparagus fries. And I thought why not, I always enjoy the fried green beans at TGI Friday's. Plus asparagus is a negative calorie food which means extra low in calories (click here to get the 411 on negative calorie foods).
This recipe ROCKS!!!!!!
The asparagus fries have a nice crunch.
No one even wanted a dipping sauce. It was insane
Yes- my super picky mother-in-law ate them too!
What you need
I made this with 3 lbs of asparagus but you could scale this back to 1 pound
1 1/2 cups of sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups of panko
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of Cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
A larger container of cooking spray.
a cook sheet covered in aluminium foil
What I did
- Wash the asparagus- What? you never know what germs your veggies pick up on their journey.
- Cut or break off the white stems from the asparagus. I choose to leave my asparagus nice and long but you can cut the spears smaller so you have more to serve.
- Place the sliced almond in a food processor or blender and puree until meal like.
- Mix the almond meal with the panko, garlic, onion and cayenne pepper.
- Completely coat a spear of asparagus then dredge through the alomd/panko mixture. When done, place on cooking sheet. Then repeat process untill all asparagus is done.
- sprinkle the extra almond/panko mixture over top the asparagus
- Place in the over to bake for 15-20 minutes. If the fries are not crispy, broil for 3 minutes.
- Use panko- I know it is easy if you have breadcrumbs on hand but the crunch isn't as good. Trust me.
- You could use an egg wash instead of the cooking spray.
- You can serve this dish as an appetizer- just add blue cheese dressing or ranch on the side for dipping.