Veggie Fake-Outs! Green Bean FRIES and Cauliflower POPCORN

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Green Bean French FRIES!

1 lb fresh green beans, stemmed and dried well
2 large eggs beaten with 2 Tablespoons water
½ -1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
¾ cup grated parmesan
salt for sprinkling
marinara sauce for dipping, optional

Make the fries:
        Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven, and preheat to 425 degrees F. Cover 2 rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
        In a large shallow dish, beat the egg with the water, salt, pepper and garlic powder, if using. In another shallow dish add the grated parmesan. In batches, add the green beans to the egg mixture and then transfer to the cheese and roll back and forth to coat as evenly as possible.
        Transfer to the baking pans, placing them so that they don’t touch. Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown and tender. Bake the shorter amount of time if you like some of the raw crunch, longer to completely cook them through.

Makes 6 servings.      YUM!

Cauliflower POPCORN!

2 heads cauliflower about 4 lbs, core removed and flowerettes broken into popcorn size pieces
4-5 Tablespoons fruity olive oil
½ -3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, or to taste.
½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste.
A pinch of turmeric, optional
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese. ( I always use parmegiano reggiano)

Make the popcorn:
        Space 2 racks in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients, except the cheese. Toss well to coat. Divide the cauliflower between 2 half size rimmed baking pans, spreading them out on one layer.
        Bake for 20-30 minutes, tossing once or twice during the baking time.
        Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and gently toss to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 4-6 servings.      YUM!

LESSONS Learned:
1. If you line up all of the green bean stem ends together, it makes easy work of cutting them all off.
2. Make sure to completely cut that out the cauliflower’s thick core. That way, it’s easy to break the flowerettes into popcorn size pieces.
3. Dry the veggies well so all of the other ingredients stick. The best way to accomplish that is to spread a couple of sheets of paper towels onto a rimmed baking pan, add the veggies, and roll the veggies around on the pan allowing the towels to absorb any excess water. (This is a great way to dry berries too!)