Monday Night Vegetables

Watching football is all about good beer and great finger food. However as vegetarians, we are somewhat limited in our football food choices. Most people watch football with a side of chicken wings, a burger, a meaty bowl of hot chili, or a pile of loaded nachos. When Kyle and I go out to catch a game, we often find ourselves hovering around the veggie tray, as it is the only option that suits our diet. And let’s face it: celery and carrot sticks are tasty but they don’t exactly pair well with a frosty mug of beer. Or shouting at the television. Or shouting at your friends, for that matter.

When football is at our place, I always make sure we have great food that fits both our diet and the situation: watching sports. Think mean and meaty; taste lean and veggie. I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

This week we used Monday Night Football as an excuse to test a recipe we’ve been dying to try: Green Bean Fries!

We used to love the version served at a popular chain restaurant that we haven’t visited in a very long time. In an attempt to be just a little healthier, I chose to forego the deep fryer and bake them instead.

First I blanched some green beans.

Then I coated them in flour and shook them.

After dipping them in a mixture of egg and milk, I tossed them in a large plastic bag with: bread crumbs, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, and chili powder.

Then I placed them in  single layer on a baking sheet and baked for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

And served with Southwestern ranch dressing.

Now this is a veggie tray that means business.

Add a big burger and it gets real serious.

We had our green bean fries with homemade black bean veggie burgers topped with ricotta-cheddar-stuffed Carmen peppers, fresh tomatoes, and brown mustard on sesame buns.

Full disclosure: these green beans were as dry as my sense of humor at the end of a tough week at the office. We had a few and then gave in and threw them in a saute pan with some hot oil to crisp them up a little. Delicious.

Add one two Hofbrau Oktoberfest beers and. . . Game on!

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