Baked asparagus fries make an excellent appetizer or side dish. Did you know that you can eat asparagus with your fingers?
A few birthdays ago, my friend Adel took me out to a lovely dinner at one of the new restaurants at the Americana at Brand. We ordered asparagus as an appetizer. Boy, what a surprise that was. Those asparaguses were dripping in melted butter and Parmesan, and just delicious. I wanted to make them at home.
I had forgotten about them until I saw something similar on Pinterest and pinned them to my Recipes I Gotta Try board. When I looked at the recipe, I knew that I could improve it, and I did.
The original recipe calls for an egg wash, a dip in flour, and then dipping in cheese and Panko breadcrumbs. I’m sure they are delicious, but asparagus CRIES out for butter. Butter also makes an excellent coating to which a variety of things will cling, so I decided to forgo the egg and flour and go with butter.
These baked asparagus fries were supreme, which is why they are called Supreme Asparagus Fries. My recipe is for 6 spears per person, but if you have asparagus lovers, you might want to increase the recipe.
Although these baked asparagus fries make a wonderful appetizer, they also make a good side dish. Asparagus’s peak season is in the spring, just in time for Easter. However, since it is usually available in grocery stores year-round, it would also make an impression on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table, too.
- 24 Asparagus Spears
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons Panko Bread Crumbs
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Preheat the oven to 350F/170C.
- Have ready a foil-lined baking sheet.
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan, 2 tablespoons Panko Bread Crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon paprikaMix the Parmesan, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and paprika together in a bowl.
- Pour some of the mixtures in a line on the baking sheet.
- 3 tablespoons butterPour the melted butter into a long dish that is at least as long as the asparagus.
- 24 Asparagus SpearsDip a few spears in the butter, then roll them around in the cheese mixture.
- Separate them out so they are in one layer.
- Continue doing this until all the asparagus have been coated.
- Drizzle any remaining butter on the asparagus, and put any remaining cheese mixture on top as well.
- Bake for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the asparagus starts to brown. They should still be crisp, don’t let them get too soft.
You can use these as a side dish or an appetizer, or just eat them out of hand! Variations
If you want to make this completely vegan, you can omit the Parmesan and use olive oil. It will still be delicious!