Italian Asparagus Sticks

Want to make a side dish that's a little bit out of the ordinary? Italian Asparagus Sticks are crunchy on the outside, tender inside and big and little hands will be grabbing for them!

First and foremost, Weelicious is about recipes for kids -- or at least that was the intention when I started this website for little ones almost four years ago. I dreamt of coming up with meal ideas that would appeal to kids and inspire them to eat foods that are not only good for them, but that taste delicious at the same time. Something has happen along the way, though. I've realized that we're all kids at heart and even adults love the idea of food that comes in interesting shapes, has bright colors, unique flavors or an engaging aspect to them.

So, did I make these Italian Asparagus Sticks for my kids or me and my hubby? The kids and I had these tasty asparagus stick creations for dinner one night and we loved every bite. I never know how the kids will react to certain vegetables, but the taste and presentation of these sticks are so appealing that it’s hard for even the most finicky eater to resist them. Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, Kenya and Chloe loved dipping the asparagus in the tomato sauce I served with it on the side and kept remarking, "there so crunchy, Mommy!" As I do with most recipes, I double what I make and freeze half in order to have plenty for another night, but my planning was all for naught. When my husband got home from work later that night, I sat with him while he ate our leftovers. He ate them all and wanted more so I popped the frozen ones in the oven to toast them up for him. The next thing I noticed, they were all gone! So much for being prepared for a future meal.

It's good to know that no matter what our age we can all enjoy the same foods and always remember it's great to be a kid at heart!

comment on this post

Italian Asparagus Sticks (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 35 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup whole wheat panko or bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Herbs (you can find them in any grocery’s spice section)
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 1 Bunch Asparagus, cleaned and stems removed (if you snap the asparagus down towards the bottom, they will naturally break at the woody part at the bottom)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.

3. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl.

4. Place the flour in another bowl.

5. Make an assembly line with the bowls. Dip the asparagus first into the flour, then the egg and finally into the bread crumb mixture, coating evenly and repeating with all the sticks.

6. Place all of the coated sticks on the baking sheet/rack. Arrange so they’re not touching, spray lightly with oil and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bread crumbs are golden.

7. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

*IF FREEZING: after step 5, place sticks on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and place in a Ziploc bag. Label and freeze. When ready to eat – remove from freezer and put sticks in the oven, adding at least another 3-5 minutes baking time.

Accompaniments

Tomato Sauce: http://weelicious.com/2009/10/06/weelicious-tomato-sauce/

Make N' Share!
Post a picture of any Weelicious recipe you make on Instagram - I wanna see them! Just tag @weelicious
Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

leave a comment

41 comments

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    These look delicious! Another great recipe; thanks. :-)

    leave a comment

  • Melissa

    These sound similar to zucchini coins which my son loves. Adding a little crunch to the outside always makes him more likely eat something!

    leave a comment

  • Kat

    These look great for a party! Did you have any concern that the asparagus inside the coating would come out of the oven mushy?

    leave a comment

    • Catherine

      No, they were perfect!

      leave a comment

  • Emily Random Recycling

    Great idea! My daughter, who is almost 2, LOVES asparagus. I'm looking forward to testing this out with her.

    leave a comment

  • Liz Meal Makeover Mom

    Great looking recipe ... and I loved your video. So easy. I am definitely going to try these with my family. Asparagus is always a favorite (maybe it's because my boys can pick them up and eat them .... no fork required).

    leave a comment

  • Ally

    yum! can't wait to try these! i noticed that several of your recipes call for freezing before baking. what is the difference if i baked then freeze? i've done this with other recipes and the food still tastes great.

    leave a comment

    • Catherine

      You get a better outcome when you freeze before baking. Freezing baked veggies will not be as good as freezing fresh then baking. But if it works for you then right on!

      leave a comment

  • Retro Sweets

    Wow, the only things I did with asparagus was to make them into soups or stir fries. Asparagus stick, now that's a very unique idea. My toddler is a slow eater too and even if he will eat veggies because I remind him that it has vitamins, I really need a break from all the convincing and talking just to get hi to eat. I'll go to the farmer's market tomorrow and get asparagus.

    leave a comment

  • Italian Asparagus Sticks « Topicco – Find, Read, Share

    [...] post: Italian Asparagus Sticks   Tags: how to cook programs, recipes for kids Posted in: Food & [...]

    leave a comment

  • Diane

    I can't WAIT to try these!! We can't do eggs or milk in our house. Any suggestions to what else we could use instead of the egg? I do have that fake egg substitute that I will try if no other suggestions.

    Thank you!

    leave a comment

    • Catherine

      Let me know how the fake egg substitute goes!:)

      leave a comment

  • Alina

    We made these last week, they turned out perfect and my kids loved them and there was no coaxing needed. They were so nummy :)

    leave a comment

  • Melissa

    The first time I made these, I vowed I would never make them again because it took FOREVER to run all of the sticks through my little assembly line. But then I tasted them, and they were so yummy!!

    The second time I made them, I sped things up a lot by putting the different stations into gallon-size ziploc bags instead of bowls. I could put the whole bunch of asparagus in together into the flour and then the egg, and then did about 10 sticks at a time into the coating. SO MUCH FASTER, and no loss in quality!

    leave a comment

  • Alyssa

    I don't know what the heck I did wrong here. I set my oven to 450 and they were burnt to a crisp within 10 minutes. =(

    leave a comment

    • Catherine

      hmm, every oven is different. Try baking them at 400 and let me know how they turn out :)

      leave a comment

    • Melissa

      Mine only take about 10-15 minutes -- not anywhere near Catherine's 30-35 minutes. I just keep an eye on them and pull them out when the coating turns golden brown.

      leave a comment

  • Rebeca The Average Parent

    here in indiana, asparagus season is just around the corner and I think this would be a great way to take advantage of the bounty. I belong to a freezer cooking group that I think would love this idea too!

    leave a comment

  • Meredith

    These were so easy and delicious. So crunchy! Another weelicious success!

    leave a comment

  • janer451

    I love this recipe ... hoping eventually my son does too (he's stuck on broccoli right now). Made them today using flaxseed/water sub for the eggs, since I found, after starting of course, that I didn't have any eggs on hand. Worked great - just as yummy!

    leave a comment

  • Willie

    I will try this recipe. My family has never tried asparagus, but this sounds yumie.:)

    leave a comment

  • Jen Booth

    These sound great! I would be interested in seeing them done with a \"gluten free\" crust. Maybe rice chex cereal instead of the panko?

    leave a comment

    • Canada

      We used Kamut wheat free bread crumbs, not gluten free I think but at least wheat free.

      leave a comment

  • Heather D

    Just tried this and it was sooooo tasty! The asparagus was easy to coat and bake. So funny I never saw this in any restaurants. Its always zucchini or green beans. I prefer this!

    Yes, this would be perfect to serve at a party since the pieces are big... good finger food! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    leave a comment

  • Kendra

    Oh...my...goodness! I'm totally making these tomorrow!

    And MAYBE I'll share with my little guy & hubby :)

    leave a comment

  • Sarah

    These will be supper tonight!

    leave a comment

  • SaraO

    My son is allergic to egg. Any way these could be done without egg? They sound like so much fun; I know both of my boys wold love them!

    leave a comment

    • Catherine

      The egg helps everything stick together! It would probably be okay to omit the egg. They just might be a little more delicate.

      leave a comment

  • Roasted Asparagus With Parmesan Crust Recipe Jeanette's Healthy Living

    […] Chocolate Syrup Bacon and Souffle: Kid-Friendly No-Boil Quick and Easy Mac and Cheese Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks Devour: 5 Kid-Friendly Cupcakes Cooking With Elise: 6 Kid-Friendly Sensational Sides Dishin & […]

    leave a comment

  • Side Dishes Your Kids Will Love — Sensational Sides Sheknowslatino

    […] Chocolate Syrup Bacon and Souffle: Kid-Friendly No-Boil Quick and Easy Mac and Cheese Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks Devour: 5 Kid-Friendly Cupcakes Cooking With Elise: 6 Kid-Friendly Sensational Sides Dishin & […]

    leave a comment

  • One New Food Asparagus

    […] Italian Asparagus Sticks anyone? […]

    leave a comment

  • Asparagus Carbonara With Horseradish Crumbs The Wimpy Vegetarian

    […] Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Low Carb Pasta with Asparagus Pancetta and Pine Nuts Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks The Heritage Cook: Asparagus Caprese Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted […]

    leave a comment

  • Grilled Asparagus With Garlic And Parmesan Creative Culinary

    […] Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks […]

    leave a comment

  • Gluten-Free Low Carb Pasta With Asparagus Pancetta And Pine Nuts Recipe Jeanette's Healthy Living

    […] Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Low Carb Pasta with Asparagus Pancetta and Pine Nuts Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks The Heritage Cook: Asparagus Caprese Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted […]

    leave a comment

  • Asparagus Motto: The Simpler, The Better — Sensational Sides ShoutYourSite

    […] Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Low Carb Pasta with Asparagus Pancetta and Pine Nuts Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks The Heritage Cook: Asparagus Caprese Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted […]

    leave a comment

  • Tammy

    Couldn't you please tell us what herbs are considered Italian? I personally have never gone into a market and seen a bunch of herbs called Italian herbs. Some help, please.

    leave a comment

    • Margo

      Tammy, Italian Herbs are premixed & you will find them in your spice section of your grocery store, Spice Islands, McCormick, Kroger, Dillon's each has their own brand. It's a mixture of dried herbs

      leave a comment

  • Mushy Peas On Toast With Mint Irish Food Recipe

    […] Chocolate Syrup Bacon and Souffle: Kid-Friendly No-Boil Quick and Easy Mac and Cheese Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks Devour: 5 Kid-Friendly Cupcakes Cooking With Elise: 6 Kid-Friendly Sensational Sides Dishin & […]

    leave a comment

  • Asparagus Caprese Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

    […] Weelicious: Italian Asparagus Sticks […]

    leave a comment

  • Margo

    Now I have a question, when I clicked on your link for \"weelicious sauce, a page popped up that read \"this page cannot be found. Is your sauce a homemade Marinara Sauce for dipping?

    leave a comment

    • McCord

      Here is the link to the sauce, it is a very basic marinara sauce: http://weelicious.com/2009/10/06/weelicious-tomato-sauce/ Thanks for letting us know about the link issue, we have corrected that too! :)

      leave a comment