Sunday, August 14, 2011

Green Bean Bacon Bundles

It’s that time again--moving time. That’s right, Russell and I (and of course the baby) have moved to Kansas. We arrived about three weeks ago and, so far, Kansas isn’t too bad--although, we did arrive in the middle of a heat wave. We spent the month of June organizing and packing for our first move with the little one. As we were preparing to leave Georgia I found myself trying to use as much stuff from our freezer and refrigerator as possible. We have moved frequently in the last 4 years and with each move I have become better at minimizing the amount of food I am forced to throw away.

During this process I discovered we had bacon in the freezer. I do not know how bacon lasted so long in my freezer, but there it was waiting to be devoured! I decided I wanted to use it for something other than the usual breakfast fare. When I came across a recipe for green bean bacon bundles I thought it would be perfect. The brown-sugar and butter mixture adds the perfect amount of sweetness without being overpowering; and the bacon delivers a nice crispness. Overall these were definitely a winner. I served them as a side to our dinner, but they would also make a perfect appetizer.

  • About 12 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 pound green beans, ends removed
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking skeet or 9 x 13 pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray.

Rinse green beans and thoroughly dry. Season with salt and pepper.

Make a bundle using approximately 5-7 green beans. Wrap a piece of bacon in the center of the bundle to hold the green beans together. Repeat with the reaming green beans, placing each bundle seam side down on rimmed baking dish.

In a small saucepan over low heat, add butter, sugar, and garlic. Whisk until butter and sugar are melted and combined. Using a pastry or marinade brush, brush the mixture over the tops of the green bean bacon bundles.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or just until bacon gets crispy.

Source: How Sweet it is: Green Bean Bacon Bundles