Leave it to me to take something healthy and ruin it. Not that adding bacon is ruining it, it’s just that whole pesky eating in moderation thing. Which my husband did not practice when eating these. It’s not my fault…I have all these green beans coming in from the garden, and posted Green Bean Bacon Bundles. What’s a girl to do? Well, make some bacon wrapped green beans of course…
Green Bean Bacon Bundles
makes about 10-12 bundles *I made 14
1 pound fresh green beans
10-12 slices of thick-cut bacon *I used regular bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cloves of garlic, minced *I only used one
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Wash and thoroughly dry green beans, then season with salt and pepper. Bundle together about 5-8 green beans – this will depend on your size of beans and the amount of beans you get for one pound. Bundle together as many as you’d like! Using a slice of bacon, wrap it around the center of the beans to hold it together. Lay the bundle bacon seam side down in the 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. Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture over top of each green bean bundle. Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10-15 (it took more like 25 minutes for me to get the bacon somewhat crisp, and I still ended up putting it under the broiler for a minute) minutes more, just until bacon gets crispy.
Verdict? Bacon makes everything delicious. Even vegetables.
The only thing for me is that I baked them in a casserole dish, and the beans cooked in all that grease. Which may be the point, but the green beans absorb a lot of that grease, which obviously is not good for you. I think when (when, not if) I make them again, I’ll cook them in a roasting pan, with the wire rack, so the beans still get the juices of the bacon while it’s cooking, but a majority will drip down into the pan. That should also get the bacon crispier without having to broil it. (b/c I almost always burn everything I put under the broiler – see 1st pic)
These were definitely a winner with the hubs, not so much with the kids. But as you may have noticed, my kids don’t like anything!
Since I’ve been blogging for a year now, I thought it would be fun to look back on previous posts. Fun for me anyway 🙂 So…
Last year’s Post: Healthy Choices (and ongoing struggle fo’ sho’)
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