Turn some bright green asparagus into a crunchy snack the whole family will enjoy! These asparagus "fries" are easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 15. Serves: 3
1 bunch of fresh asparagus, washed and clipped.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups italian seasoned bread crumbs
Seasoning salt of choice
Oil for frying
First wash your asparagus and clip the dead ends off the bottoms. You will need three bowls and a sheet pan. Add your flour to one bowl, bread crumbs to another, and eggs to the last. Beat the eggs well to combine. You will be dredging these asparagus in a 3-stage system. First into the egg mix, then to flour, then to egg, then to bread crumb. What this looks like is one hand is wet, the other dry. Take your wet hand and pick up the 3-4 asparagus and swish around in the egg mix, using the same hand lay them down in the flour. Take your other hand, the dry, and toss the flour onto them and press down. Using the dry hand drop them back into the egg. Turn over using the wet hand and pick back up to put in the bread crumbs. Using the dry hand now toss bread crumbs over the spears and press the crumbs onto them. Using that same dry hand lay them out onto a baking sheet, be sure to shake off excess in the breadcrumb bowl first. Lay in a single layer, and preferably not touching.
Once you have all your spears coated, let them sit about five minutes longer to allow the breading to adhere properly. You can even freeze them if you like and can cook from frozen later!
If you are going to fry, fry them in oil at 350F for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and dust with seasoning salt.
You can also bake them. Set your oven to 425F and spritz with oil. Bake for 14 minutes, flipping half way. They may not be as crunchy as their natural liquid will seep out (as it will if you air fry them) but it may work out!
Dip in Ranch and top with optional parmesan cheese!