Green Bean & Bacon Bundles

I'm always looking for different ways to serve vegetables.  With green beans, I really only steam them.  Seems boring, but I like them very simple.  I enjoy that crisp crunch and fresh flavor.  My husband, on the other hand, prefers them smothered in butter and cooked beyond green.  Sigh..... so, in an effort to find a recipe we BOTH enjoy, I found this.  A bean that still offers a lot of crunch while being basked in flavor.  And who doesn't love the classic combination of green beans and bacon?

I tried this initially with thick-cut bacon from Fresh Market, my favorite bacon.  It was just too thick though {I know, I know, how can that be????}.  Alternatively made with regular bacon I found it was a nice balance between the bacon and the bean.  I also found that steaming the beans prior to baking took away any of the rubbery texture of the bean.  Feel free to try it without steaming and bake it for about 10 minutes longer.

Not to mention they are adorable!  Who wouldn't want to see these little packages on their plate??

Green Bean & Bacon Bundles
source:  adapted from a recipe by This Little Blog Of Mine
Makes:  6 Bundles

1/2 pound fresh green beans
6 slices of regular bacon
1Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 clove of garlic, minced
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish or half cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
Wash and trim green beans.  Steam or boil for 3-5 minutes, until lightly cooked.  Thoroughly dry green beans, then bundle together about 5-8 green beans, making a total of 6 bundles.  Wrap a slice of bacon around the center of each bundle.  Lay the bundle, bacon seam side down, in the prepared baking dish to hold it together. Repeat with remaining beans.
Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Add butter, brown sugar and garlic and whisk until melted and combined. Brush or lightly drizzle the mixture over top of each green bean bundle. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10-15 minutes more, just until bacon gets crispy.  If the bacon is not quite crispy enough, put them under the broiler {not in a glass or pyrex dish, however} for a minute or two, watching very carefully to prevent burning.  Serve.

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Cath said...

I would love those but my hubs won't eat bacon. Would be nice and fancy for visitors though!

Anonymous said...

Staci - these look yummy and I plan to make them tonight! xo Kim