Vegetable fries
Photo: Hannah Whitaker
Sizzling veggie fries can be yours at home, baked in the oven—no deep fryer required.
(Green Bean Fries shown second from left)
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ cup cornmeal

Directions

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add green beans to pot and cook 2 minutes; transfer to ice water 2 minutes. Transfer beans to a kitchen towel and blot dry.

Meanwhile, place a rack in the lower third of the oven and a second one in the center. Preheat oven to 475°. Set wire cooling racks (optional) on 2 rimmed baking sheets and grease with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together buttermilk, chili, salt, sugar, and cornmeal. Set aside 10 minutes. Toss beans in buttermilk mixture to coat. Arrange, without crowding, in a single layer on baking sheets or wire racks. Bake until coating is golden and crisp, 8 to 9 minutes.

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