Green Bean Bacon Bundles
By: Eleni Saltas
Why wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy green beans and bacon? Wrap your fresh green beans in thick bacon for a fabulous side dish any night of the week. Getting your veggies in can be fun and tasty.
- 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans
- 8-10 pieces of bacon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- ¼ cup soy sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes (or cayenne pepper if you like)
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Snap off the ends of the green beans and discard. If your beans have them, pull out the string from the spine. Wash and drain the trimmed beans in a colander.
Bring a pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Add the beans and boil for just 3-5 minutes. Have a bowl of ice water waiting. Drain the beans and immediately plunge into the ice water, to stop the cooking process. This blanching method keeps the color and flavor of the green beans.
Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter, then stir in the garlic, soy sauce and red chili flakes until combined.
Pat the beans dry and add to a mixing bowl. Add the butter mixture, reserving ¼ of the mixture to drizzle on the finish product later. Toss the beans until well coated.
Gather 6-8 beans together and wrap around the center tightly with a slice of bacon. I’ve found for thicker fresh beans, 6 beans is the best number for the bundles. If you’re using a thinner bean, like a French haricot vert, you can use more beans per bundle. Place the bundles with the loose end of the bacon down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining beans.
Roast for 25 minutes, or until bacon is cooked through. I like to set my oven to broil for the last 5 minutes to get extra crispy.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and place on serving dish. Drizzle the beans with the remaining butter mixture. The butter may harden while your beans are cooking, so if so just reheat your pan to melt. You just need a bit of the sauce. Alternatively, you can just drizzle soy sauce on top for a final finish. Serve warm and enjoy!