Recipe: Baked Asparagus Fries

I found this recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon (one of my favorite blogs) and I thought I would share.

I have had avocado and green bean fries before, but I had never heard of asparagus fries… until now, and I am so happy I ran across these!

I definetly want to make these this week… they seem easy and look delicious!

Ok… so here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed and cut in half
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
cooking spray

Dipping Sauces:
sun-dried tomato jam:
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups sun-dried tomatoes
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon oregano, minced
2 teaspoons thyme, minced
1 teaspoon rosemary, minced
1/2 cup red wine
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
roasted garlic aioli:
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup salad oil (or a light flavored oil like vegetable oil)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 head roasted garlic, beaten to a paste
salt and pepper to taste
bleu cheese sauce:
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place almonds and panko in a food processor and pulse until the almonds are finely ground and well mixed. Pour mixture into a shallow dish.
3. Dredge cut asparagus spears in flour and shake off excess (not much flour will stick to the waxy spears, but that’s okay).
4. Dip each spear into the egg wash followed by the panko mixture. Cover each spear in the panko mixture until fully coated. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Place coated spears onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spray with a light coating of cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp and lightly
browned. Season with salt and pepper.
6. For tomato jam: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Place first 6 ingredients into the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, oregano, thyme, and rosemary and continue to sauté for 3 minutes. Deglaze pan with the wine and vinegar and cook until almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and lower the heat to medium. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the hot mixture into a food processor and pulse 3 times. Allow the mixture to cool.
7. For aioli: Place the egg yolk mustard and lemon juice into a mixing bowl and whisk together. In a measuring cup, stir together the two oils. Pour the blended oil into the yolk mixture, while whisking, until fully emulsified. Whisk the roasted garlic paste into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Stir.
8. For bleu cheese sauce: Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper.
9. Serve baked asparagus fries with the trio of dipping sauces.

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4 thoughts on “Recipe: Baked Asparagus Fries

  1. We planted an asparagus bed this year. It is autumn here, so we need to whack it down and hope it winters well. We love rapsaagus AND bleu cheese, so I’m sure this will go into regular rotation when our asparagus bed comes into production.

    • I do love asparagus and while it grows wild aruond here in the orchards, I stick to the organic variety from the local food co-op (who knows what’s been sprayed in those orchards). I did try growing it one year, to no avail maybe time to try again. And I never thought about combining bleu cheese and asparagus, but it sounds totally yummy.

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