Baked Asparagus Fries with Lemon Herb Aioli

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Ok, do you ever just get in this annoyingly anal cleaning modes?

Where like everything you see is dirty and needs to be cleaned asap?

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Well, that is me right now! I just hardcore wiped down my refrigerator.

Who know you could have so many expired condiments on a shelf?

Its actually quite telling of the things you use and the things you don’t use, and clearly I don’t use condiments very often. I usually just make them myself! After I “cleaning house” I put on my rubber gloves and me and Mr. Clean went to town.

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My refrigerator is now sparkling. Clean, white again… it just makes me smile every time I open it. In fact I have contemplated just sitting on the floor with the frig open just admiring how beautiful it is now. Is that weird?

But I couldn’t stop there… Oh no way!

Pantry was next on the list and boy was it a beast to defeat!

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Why do I buy so many boxes of a noodles? I had like 3 boxes that were half full.. and then half a bag of polenta {which of course was open and sprayed all over me and the floor when I picked it up}.

The baking section was a whole another mess area, I rarely use the baking stuff {unless its for Chocolate Chip Cookies} so sadly I have stuff that was from …. 2011 !!!! {gasp.. I know.. its bad}

When I had finally finished wiping everything down, organizing things into cute little baskets and such it was like looking into a brand new {empty} pantry! It was divine. No clutter. No mess. Just clean! {sigh} 🙂

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Next on the list for this week is the spice cabinet. Does anyone know how long you can/should keep dried herbs? How do you organize your spice and vinegar cabinet? I’m in need of some inspiration! 🙂

While you are inspiring me on how to organize my spice cabinet, how about I inspire you with a new look on the french fry! I am a huge fan of asparagus and so is everyone else in my family, in fact its probably one of  Cason’s favorite vegetables besides beets!

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With all this burger action I’ve had going on lately, you need to have a side of fries to go with it. So I thought, why not turn our favorite vegetable into a fry? Genius!

Just dunk the asparagus in egg whites and then a Panko Parmesean Cheese Herb mixture, bake it and voila! Baked Asparagus Fries! But of course, we can’t stop there. You need a sauce! So I whipped up a quick Lemon Herb Aioli from the herbs in my garden. This aioli goes perfect with the Asparagus Fries, it is light and refreshing and definitely doesn’t overpower the tasty asparagus which is what you want.

So the next time you are wanting to have a side of fries for dinner, rethink the “fried” and go “baked” with some of these bad boys. Everyone will be so impressed! 🙂

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Baked Asparagus Fries with Lemon Herb Aioli

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Side Dishes, Condiments & Sauce, Vegetarian

Ingredients

Asparagus Fries:

  • 2 lb.s of  asparagus spears
  • 1 cup of panko
  • 1/3 cup of parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry basil
  • 3 egg whites, beaten

Lemon Herb Aioli

  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite fresh herbs {thyme, basil, rosemary}
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a small bowl mix panko, parmesan, and dry basil.
  3. In another small bowl, lightly beat egg whites.
  4. Dunk the Asparagus spears in beaten eggs white first then in the panko mixture.
  5. Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, in a small bowl mix, fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic powder, and mayo. Set aside.
  7. Remove asparagus fries from the oven and serve with the aioli.

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45 Responses
  1. Oh, I so get into those cleaning moods and once you start you just can’t stop. Which reminds me, I need to clean my fridge. LOL. And this asparagus, whoa. I am drooling up a storm here and craving these fries at only 8am! LOVE how crispy and coated they look and that lemon aioli is like my dream dipping sauce. These would be awesome alongside any of your grilled recipes! 😉 Pinned!

  2. These are unbelievable, Krista. I think I just fell in love! I am totally making these! My husband and I love asparagus and are always looking for new ways to cook it (it can get sorta boring). You rock – thanks for the awesome recipe! Pinned!

    1. Thanks Jen! So glad you liked it, yeah for asparagus lovers hope this one “spices up” your asparagus recipes. 🙂 I’m sure your boys will love it!

  3. These look gorgeous and delicious, Krista! And I totally hear you on cleaning out the fridge and pantry…both of mine are in DIRE need of attention, but I just can’t bring myself to get started. I know that once I do, I’ll want to happily sit back and stare at my organizational masterpiece just like you! 😉

    1. I know right! Its the one area that should be clean at all times because it has food that we are putting into our bodies. 🙂

      Thanks so much on the sweet comments girl, made my day!

  4. Haha! I’ve been cleaning my kitchen since yesterday as well. Man, my refrigerator..some serious nastiness is happening in there. I’m going to save it till the bitter end in hopes that Tim would clean it hehe. Love these baked asparagus (don’t you just love panko?), and the aioli..mmm…I hope I’ll get to do some cooking while vacationing ;). Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Krista!

    1. haha.. I know right. Need to start making sure that is the ONE place that is clean at all times… sheesh! Good plan on trying to hold out so that Tim cleans it.. hehe!

      Have fun on vacation girl! 🙂

  5. Hey Krista,

    I don’t think I’ve strayed much from the oil/butter simmering of asparagus on the stovetop. This looks excellent though, any way to eat more garlic aioli heheh.

    Have you tried breading other veggies in this style too?

  6. Gahhh, I get into cleaning spheres like that too. In fact my refrigerator needs to be wiped down. Just opened it and saw streaks of dirt that made me insane. No time right now. But…these fries!! Time for them yes!!!

  7. Haha I get into these crazy cleaning sprees too – right now my pantry needs some major help. Every time I’m done organizing it I tell myself to keep it that way and then ending up buying more ingredients that pile up which starts that whole vicious cycle again lol.
    But these fries, they look amazing! Love asparagus and love fries so combining the two is just brilliant girl! Pinning 🙂

    1. hahaa.. I know! I just did the same thing. I went shopping and filled it up. Need to go through and throw the stuff out that is bad again so I keep it clean! 🙂

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe girl… its super yummy! Thanks for the pin!

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