Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Move Over T.G.I. Friday’s® There Is A New Green Bean In Town

Have you ever had T.G.I. Friday’s® Green Bean Fries? Did you like them? I guess as far as appetizers go, I would give them a 2 out 4 stars. Let's face it; anything deep fried with cold beer hits the spot.

What if you could bring the garden freshness of green beans to you very own "happy hour" with 1/4 of the fat but twice the flavor?

Gin's Happy Hour Baked Green Bean Fries

1/2 pound fresh green beans
2 eggs
1 cup seasoned flour
1 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1 cup light Ranch Dressing
1 teaspoon Sriracha Hot chili Sauce

(1) Place baking pan in oven and preheat to 450 degrees. (2) While oven and pan are preheating place flour in large food storage bag. Place Panko Bread Crumbs in large food storage bag. Mix the two eggs in a bowl. (3) Spray green beans with cooking spray and put in bag with seasoned flour. Shake. (4) Transfer Beans to bowl with eggs and saturate. (5) Move Green Beans to bag with Panko Crumbs and shake to coat. (6) Place green beans on hot baking pan and bake approximately 12 to 18 minutes, or until green beans are crisp and a brilliant brown. (7) Mix Sriracha Chili sauce with ranch dressing. (8) Serve Green Beans with dipping sauce and fresh sliced cucumbers. (9) ENJOY!!

(Note: The key to getting these browned and crisp is the heated baking pan.)

There is good news and bad news for Gin's Happy Hour Baked Green Bean Fries.

I am going to give you the good news first. This is a healthy inspired appetizer with a big dose of delicious flavor. I will give you a personal guarantee that you won't miss the fat or the calories. I also guarantee that your guests will rave and want your "secret" to such light satisfying appetizer.

Now, here comes the bad news. These little gems are time consuming. They are best served directly from the oven while they are crisp and piping hot. They might not be worth the effort for a "big" get together but are certainly perfect for a small gathering.

I served them to Mr. Crabby Head and guess what?

This is a smile of one happy eater, because Gin's Happy Hour Baked Green Bean Fries  passed his picky palate with flying colors.

This is the sad face of a loyal kitchen companion and willing taste tester because the "darn" vet put an end to his happiness with one quick statement.  "Kramer needs to stick with dog food only."  He also seems a little embarrassed by the fact that I dressed him up in a doggy shirt to keep him warm.

Poor Kramie!
Happy Tuesday EVERYBODY!


  1. Oh poor little sad doggy doesn't get any of the yummy happy hour green beans..oh well, all the more for me!! :D Pass the plate!

  2. LMAO... :) YUM!!! I say..."I'm going to Gin's...be back later!" ;) Delicious.

  3. I am with girlichef, LMAO, but these are a freaking great idea! Love it...ummm want some now...

  4. This is a terrific idea...beans! I love beans..so this would be great! and good of you to let us know before Friday kicks in :)

  5. Nice job reworking that crazy recipe from Friday's.

  6. I did like those fried green beans...but I like these even better. Love the healthy twist. They look yummy!

  7. You are my hero with this recipe. Im trying this soon. Oh, yes, the kids can eat their veggies this way;)

  8. Healthy version! That seems delicious :)

  9. What a terrific post! You crack me up! I am going to give these a try, i know my husband and i would fight of the last one!

  10. I love this kind of recipe. These look wonderfully delicious.

  11. I am craving these! They look so crispy good!

  12. Mmm panko bread crumbs are the best. These look delish!

  13. Poor Kramie! He just needs a few...

    Ginger these look great, but you forgot to deep fry them. :)

    Ok really, I'm on a kick. I just deep fried two turkeys this evening and now I want to deep fry my shoes and see what happens lol.


  14. Awesome! I haven't had the TGIFs version, but I love green beans (and all veggies really!) with tempura. These look so crispy and delicious!

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