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Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Fries Recipe in the Oven

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Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
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You'll love this parmesan crusted asparagus fries recipe—it's truly exceptional!
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :25 minutes
Total Time :35 minutes
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS
 

Dip:

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven at 390 F (200 C).
  • Mix the panko crumbs with the parmesan and salt in a flat bowl. Then place the flour in a separate bowl.
  • Dip the asparagus spears in flour, eggs and then cover in panko mixture.
  • Place parchment paper on a sheet pan, spray with oil and place the breaded asparagus. Keep them relatively spaced out. Spray a little more oil on top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until crispy.

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Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Fries Recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

Why isn’t my parmesan crusted asparagus crispy?

Several factors might prevent your baked parmesan crusted asparagus fries from achieving desired crispiness. Firstly, excess moisture on the asparagus can hinder crisping; ensure they’re thoroughly dried before baking. Inadequate seasoning or a low oven temperature might also be culprits; try increasing heat and adding seasoning. Additionally, overcrowding the baking sheet can lead to steaming instead of crisping; space them out for better airflow. Lastly, consider coating them lightly in oil to aid in crispness. Adjustments in preparation and baking techniques can enhance their texture.

Should asparagus be soaked in water before cooking?

Soaking asparagus in water before cooking isn’t necessary and can actually diminish its flavor and texture. Asparagus is best cooked when it’s fresh and dry. Soaking can cause the asparagus to become waterlogged, leading to a loss of flavor and crispness during cooking. Instead, simply rinse the asparagus under cold water to remove any dirt or debris, then pat it dry with paper towels before cooking. This ensures that the asparagus retains its natural flavor and texture while cooking.

How to pick asparagus

When selecting asparagus, look for firm, straight stalks with tightly closed tips. Avoid any that appear wilted, slimy, or have soft spots. The color should be vibrant green or purple, depending on the variety, with minimal browning. Thickness doesn’t indicate freshness; thinner spears can be just as tasty. Bend the spear gently; it should snap easily, indicating freshness. If buying bunched asparagus, ensure the ends are not dried out. Choose asparagus with uniform thickness for even cooking.

Health benefits of asparagus

Asparagus is not only delicious but also packed with health benefits. It’s rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and bone health. Additionally, it’s a good source of vitamin A, important for vision and immune function, and vitamin C, which boosts immunity and collagen production. Asparagus is low in calories and high in fiber, aiding digestion and promoting a feeling of fullness. Its natural diuretic properties help with detoxification and reducing bloating. Furthermore, asparagus contains antioxidants like glutathione, which may protect against chronic diseases. Including asparagus in your diet can contribute to overall health and well-being.

How to store parmesan crusted asparagus

To store parmesan-crusted asparagus, first allow it to cool completely. Then, transfer it to an airtight container or wrap it tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate the asparagus promptly to keep it fresh. When reheating, place it in a preheated oven or toaster oven at 350°F (175°C) for 8-10 minutes until heated through and the crust becomes crispy again. Avoid reheating in the microwave, as it may result in soggy or unevenly heated asparagus.

Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Fries Recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

What can I pair with these asparagus fries recipe?

Your asparagus fries recipe pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Consider serving them alongside grilled salmon or chicken for a balanced meal rich in protein and flavor. For a vegetarian option, pair them with a quinoa salad tossed with cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Alternatively, they complement pasta dishes such as creamy Alfredo or tangy marinara. For a lighter option, serve them with a lemony yogurt dip or hummus. And don’t forget about brunch! Asparagus fries make a delightful addition to a spread of scrambled eggs, bacon, and whole grain toast. Enjoy experimenting with different combinations!

Parmesan Crusted Asparagus Fries Recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

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