Baked Asparagus Fries

A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Baked Asparagus Fries - A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

I was lying in bed one night, tossing and turning, when I had this sudden craving for french fries. It didn’t matter where it was from – McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Carl’s Jr – you name it. All I could think about was shoving those crisp fries right into my face. But since our Cabo trip is 2 1/2 weeks away, I opted out for something a little lighter and healthier with these asparagus fries.

Baked Asparagus Fries - A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Baked Asparagus Fries - A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Baked Asparagus Fries - A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Baked Asparagus Fries - A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Baked Asparagus Fries - A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Now I’ve quickly learned that these really are the best kind of “fries” ever. They’re so nutritious and healthy, and they won’t add on those extra carb weights. Plus, I skipped the deep fry and threw these bad boys right into the oven, keeping them nice and light, and baked them to absolute crisp perfection.

Baked Asparagus Fries - A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

So the next time you have that sudden urge for those greasy fast food french fries, these asparagus fries are sure to fulfill those cravings. But be sure to have some self control when you make this because you’ll definitely want seconds and thirds!

Baked Asparagus Fries

A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Panko*
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine Panko and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  3. Working in batches, dredge asparagus in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
  4. Place asparagus in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
  5. Serve immediately.

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.

Adapted from Closet Cooking.