Spicy Baked Green Bean Fries (with Meyer Lemon Aioli)

in Appetizers, Sides, Snacks

We gotta talk about what you’re doing this weekend. I need to hear what you’re making, and who you’re rooting for…blah blah, we’ll get to it. Before we delve in, I need you watch this video. It’s important. Do me a solid and watch it, please.

It’s going to make you laugh. It might even make your day. And it’s totally going to make you fall in love with Kristen Bell.

I’m sort of obsessed with her reaction to meeting a baby sloth. I dunno. I think it might the funniest, most endearing thing I’ve ever seen. And I’ll be honest, it also sorta scares me. That’s not a normal person’s reaction, you know? But I dig it. I dig her craziness. Baby sloths can make someone crazy. I get it.

There’s nothing crazy about baked green bean fries. These are the opposite of baby sloths.

They’re healthy, snappy, crunchy.

They’re a little healthier since I opted to use multi-grain crackers, instead of bread crumbs.

You can do either, if you like. They’ll be delicious either way.

After I ran the crackers through a food processor, I spread the mixture out on to a plate, added a little salt and a good amount of crushed red pepper. Whenever I go healthy, I always up the spice. It’s a must.

Like the typical vegetable fry, they went from flour to egg to crumbs.

On a baking sheet and in the oven.

While they were going at it in the oven, I made the meyer lemon aioli.

Whoa. This stuff…I don’t have any close-up shots of the aioli itself, but the zest is pretty amazing. It’s bright and shiny…and not so healthy, but delicious. I recommend.

If you’re still stuck as to what you should make for the Super Bowl, might I recommend some Soft Pretzel Tots, Spicy Vegan Chili, Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread, Zucchini Fries or Tater Tots!

Spicy Baked Green Bean Fries (with Meyer Lemon Aioli)

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Fries:
2 cups bread crumbs (or Pepperidge Farm Baked Natural crackers crushed)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 pound French green beans, cleaned and trimmed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten

Aioli:
1 meyer lemon, juiced and zested
1/2 shallot, minced
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 375F. On a plate, mix bread crumbs with red pepper flakes and kosher salt. Dip green beans in flour, egg and then transfer to bread crumb mixture and coat evenly.

2. Place coated green beans on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until green beans are lightly golden brown.

3. Meanwhile, add meyer lemon juice and zest, shallot, egg yolk and salt to a blender. As blender is running, slowly drizzle canola oil into the mixture. It will thicken as it emulsifies. Salt to taste and transfer to a ramekin.

*Heads up: Pepperidge Farm kindly gave me a stipend to make this recipe.

{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) February 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

The Kristen Bell/ Sloth video is hilarious! It is totally weird, but also a little endearing. And those green beans look absolutely divine. I love the idea of using crackers rather than breadcrumbs; I will definitely be utilizing that tip in the future – so creative.

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Kathryn February 3, 2012 at 2:05 am

Green beans are one of my favourites but I’ve never tried them like this. I can’t wait to remedy that!!

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Candy February 3, 2012 at 3:36 am

I’m trying these for sure. Just picked up a bag of frozen haricot vert and a bag of Meyer lemons so I must have known this recipe was coming, right?

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

It’s destiny.

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The Chic Teach February 3, 2012 at 4:07 am

Baha. That video pretty much made my cranky mood turn RIGHT around. As did the sight of these delish looking beans! Thanks for always making me crave real food at 6am.

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

This was the goal. YES!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 3, 2012 at 4:10 am

These sound simply delightful! And that aioli?! Yum!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) February 3, 2012 at 4:30 am

i LOVE making baked green bean fries! although the aioli? puts them over the top delicious!

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Becki's Whole Life February 3, 2012 at 4:38 am

Yum – sounds delish. I especially like the idea of pairing them with your wonderful lemon aioli.

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Becca@learnasyougocook February 3, 2012 at 5:24 am

Wow amazing looking food as usual! But man is that video, lol funny(?),crazy(?), or weird(?). I don’t care cuz it made laugh first thing this morning:)

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau February 3, 2012 at 5:32 am

Somehow, I always come up short of ideas with green beans. So, I’m pinning this for the next bag I get!

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Mike @TheIronYou February 3, 2012 at 5:46 am

Seriously??? I can’t wait to try this recipe. Just wondering where I can find the French green beans…might be worth doing a trip down to WF.
Peace
Mike

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

I have been sending that Kristen Bell video to everyone that I know!! I adore Kristen Bell from her Veronica Mars days and that video made me love her even more!

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brandi February 3, 2012 at 6:30 am

1. These green bean fries look epic. I think my husband would love them!

2. I LOVE Kristen Bell and have since Veronica Mars. Please tell me you’ve seen that show. It was a sad, sad day in our house when it ended.

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ileana February 3, 2012 at 6:35 am

I’ve also loved Kristen Bell ever since Veronica Mars! What a great show. This recent sloth video was really funny. If you like her, try watching some of the interviews with her and Craig Ferguson on YouTube. So funny.

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Taryn February 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I just watched all the videos with her and Craig last night…when I should have been studying for an exam, lol. I love his show, and I loved the interviews when she brought her own snake mug and her own things to put on the desk!

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ileana February 3, 2012 at 6:34 am

These fries look great. And a Meyer lemon aioli sounds wonderful!

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tina February 3, 2012 at 6:45 am

How lovely~ the aioli sounds just perfect. this is why i come here and you never let me down!! happy weekend love :)

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Mary @ Bake Break February 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

You always make the best fries – I love trying them all! Great idea with the whole wheat crackers, these look certifiably healthy (and therefore we can eat them in mass quantities, right?).

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Amanda February 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

The aioli sounds uh-mazing! I decided to be the chip-and-dip girl this weekend. I’m making jalapeno popper dip, bacon black bean dip, and onion dip. Yum! But maybe I need some of these, too.

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Megan February 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

Ahhh, I watched that video yesterday and was crying with laughter… which was bad because I was watching it at the office when I shouldn’t have been.

These look fab and I love the idea of crackers instead of breadcrumbs.

Since I live in the UK, I won’t be watching the SuperBowl… If I’d thought ahead I might have planned an American-food- themed party in its honour (any excuse to cook for an audience), but with the time difference on a Sunday night, it’s just not realistic.

I am however having friends over tomorrow and am going to use that as an excuse to feed people. I’m thinking a chocolate cake, but throwing in some vodka and Tia Maria (kinda like Kahlua, but cheaper) to make it White Russian-y. Not sure on the savouries yet, but I’m obsessed with artichoke at the moment, so will probably use that. (By the way, my New Year’s party was practically catered by your recipes. Thanks!)

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am

YES! I love all of this.

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Julia February 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

I did you a solid. I watched the video and I want her nail polish. It’s like orange, or red, or a combination of the 2. And I’d like to have on pretty nail polish as I devour a batch of these fries and aioli, YUM!!!!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

These look so awesome! This week I did something similar with sweet potatoes but I went sweet with the coating and turned them into “French Toast” sticks. I love your beans.

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

French Toast sticks?! Whoa. I want those.

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Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life February 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

These look amazing… as usual.

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy February 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

Oh these sound delicious, and lemon aioli! Yum!

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Melissa Klotz February 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

These look so good!! I’m going out of town for the Super Bowl, but I’ll have to make these for another game night. I made your Soft Pretzel Tots earlier in the season and they were a HUGE hit!!

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

Those things are TOO good.

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Lee February 3, 2012 at 10:16 am

I was crying my eyes out watching Kristen Bell. That’s was priceless. Thanks for making my day! Oh… and the food looks YUM!

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

I think I might’ve did a little cry/laugh action too.

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Arbine February 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

I will definitely be making these in the near future. I just hope I don’t eat the whole batch. Also, I love that video of Kristen Bell too. :) Have a lovely day!

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erin February 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

kristen bell is the most charming individual i never cared about UNTIL i saw this video!

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

Perfectly worded.

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Paula February 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

Perfect for this Sunday!

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Jen of My Tiny Oven February 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

You are my HERO! for reals!! Green bean fries… AWESOME!

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Erin February 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

I love fried green beans with a good dip for them to play in!

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Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture February 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

mmmm a yummy and healthier snack!

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Maureen February 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

That video = hilarious!
This recipe = amazing!

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nicole {sweet peony} February 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm

i looove that video… i cry laughing every time. my emotional scale is similar to hers haha. these green bean fries look so good… totally dig the use of wheat crackers. have a great weekend!

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modernworkinggirl February 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Wow. Wow!

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Let Me Eat Cake February 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

omg i almost cried laughing! that video just made my day :)

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Adrianna February 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

You needed that!

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Margarita February 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm

These look great. A million times better than French fries!

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cindy February 4, 2012 at 6:15 am

i’ve watched that video 3 times since i discovered it…it’s so crazy/sweet! which is arguably the best kind of crazy to be. whenever i have lunch with my aunts and grandma, we always end up at PF chang’s–which they love and I do not–but, I always share the green bean fries with my grandma. I bet this meyer lemon aoli kicks their dipping sauce to the curb, for reals.

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custom items February 4, 2012 at 7:49 am

This is a very good recipe for a vegetarian like me. I am glad I read this kind of recipe to be served for me and my kids. I tried it and this baked green bean fries really can make you go crazy. I can even add this on parties as appetizers.

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

love this!! i’m a big fan of roasted green beans, but a crunchy coating… amazing!

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erin @ yummy supper February 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Adrianna, I watched the video. I must say the flip phone part and Ellen’s reactions may have been just as good as Kristen’s. We were cracking up. Though I have to agree with the woman, sloths are adorable.
And your segue into beans… classic! And meyer lemon aioli… what’s not to love!
-E

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Adrianna February 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Ellen is genuinely, like, cracking up. The whole thing is gold.

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Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen February 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Oh my God. These sound incredible.

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Laura February 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Oh, I totally love Kristen Bell even more now that I’ve seen that video. She is so seriously adorable. And so are those green beans. Mmm.

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Prachee February 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

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Anna @ the shady pine February 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

The crunch and the freshness of the beans would be divine!! These look like the perfect party food….LOVE!

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rhiby February 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

Aaagh these are amazing!! I want to try this recipe with some awesome raw sticks of sweet potato. Or eggplant. hmmm. Thankyou for sharing!

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France February 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I also made aioli this weekend, but with mint. I have some left over to use which would be nice with the beans. What a great twist and so much tastier than plain old fries!

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Adrianna February 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Mint?! I dig it. A lot.

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Megan February 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Oh this is such a fun idea! Snack attack.

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Mary February 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

So. I casually click on this green bean recipe on Pinterest. I read on. I think you’re funny. I get to Nachos and decide we’re friends now because I am also a fickle nacho lover.

But then I read back to Peanut butter popcorn and Maple Oatmeal Pie (because I am at work…der.) and since I can’t decide which to make for dinner, that I am making them both. The popcorn for boyfriend and the oatmeal pie for me.

Thanks, friend!

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Adrianna February 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

We’re on our way to becoming besties, clearly.

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Jill Mant~a SaucyCook February 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

OMG these look soooo good. Do you have any leftovers? Not sure where you live but certainly I can get there! I may have to just break down and make them tomorrow! Cheers!

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Angel February 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

Totally made my day 😀 thanks for that video!

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tom@morethanpepper February 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

green bean fries now it would be an understatement to that is a new one

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kickpleat February 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I love that video. It kind of reminds me of that toddler being told she was going to Disneyland that popular last summer. Same feelings = awesome. And these green beans = awesome. I’ll take a whole bunch please!

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Jenn at LL4L February 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This recipe looks so tasty! I am now on a dairy free diet and I’ve been on the hunt for guilty pleasures / tasty finger food that is dairy free. It is seriously hard to find! I wish I had seen this recipe before Super Bowl Sunday, but we will definitely be trying it soon. Yum yum!

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christa February 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I have never seen anything like these, I can’t wait to try them. Your blog is very inspiring…

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Nikki March 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I made the spicy baked green beans tonight and they were a hit…..thanks so much!

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Adrianna March 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

High five!

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Tara Guillen March 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I just made this for my parents and they loved it and so did i of course..it tastes so good and you feel good eating it since its baked!! Keep up the great recipes! :)

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Teresa May 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

What would you use instead of egg to make these vegan?

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Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I would use energy egg replacer. You can get it at Whole Foods or any vegan kind of health food store.

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Laura May 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Made these last night for a group get together, they were a hit! Yum! Thanks x

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Adrianna May 5, 2012 at 11:44 pm

AWESOME!

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