Monday Holiday Side Dish Recipes:
Sweet Green Bean BundlesWhen cooking for a party, time is always of the essence! So I turned this intoa two-step process and it came out EXCELLENT, earning rave reviews from myguests! Not only was the taste great, but the presentation (the bundles) wasimpressive too, making me really look like a gourmet cook to my guests! Thenight before the party,I used fresh green beans and blanched them, then Ilightly fried the bacon before wrapping the bundles, covered the baking dishwith foil and put it in the refrigerator. The next day I made the sauce,poured it over the bundles sprinkled with garlic powder (instead of garlicsalt), covered the dish with foil, then put it in the oven at 350 degrees for1/2 hour. Turned the oven off, let it sit. Then right before serving time,turned the oven back on, removed the foil covering and cooked until heatedthrough (about 10-15 minutes).Yum these are my favorite. This is just like my recipe, glad I found yoursbefore I posted mine. I used this as one of the appetizers I served at mywedding. Everyone loves these!! They look fancy like something you would seein a restraunt. Sometimes instead of wrapping them in bundles I will put 5cans of cut green beans into a glass baking dish, sprinkle with garlic salt,cut bacon into peices and place on top of the green beans covering all,thensprinkle brown sugar over the top and pour one stick of melted butter over thebrown sugar and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until bacon is crisp. I do this whenI am serving a large group and it’s better for those who want the bacon morecrisp.Wonderful recipe – The only change I made to this is that I used fresh greenbeans that I had steamed. The bundles are very yummy and make a wonderfulpresentation as well! Everyone raved about these at my Thanksgiving Dinnerthis year! This is a keeper! You can also do most of the prep work in advancedfor a big meal such as Thanksgiving I discovered. For this recipe I steamed mygreen beans in advanced then wrapped them in bacon and placed on a cookiesheet that was lined with wax paper and froze the bundles. Once frozen I tookthe bundles off and placed them in zip bags (only to free up space in myfreezer and get rid of the cookie sheet). Then on Thanksgiving Day I pulledthe bundles out and let them thaw on the baking pan I was planning to cookthem on and continued with the recipe by adding the sweet sauce on top beforebaking. I was thrilled they turned out so well – and I didn’t have to rush andmake them at the last minute either!Like other users I used fresh green beans. I also prepared a day ahead of timeso life was easier the day of the dinner party. I boiled fresh green beans for5 minutes and fried the bacon 4 minutes. After assembling the bundles Icovered the casserole dish and placed in the fridge. When it was time Icovered them with the brown sugar mixture and baked them for 30 minutescovered and then another 15 minutes uncovered to crisp the bacon. Turned outgreat!The BEST green beans I every had!! I did not make in bundles I just mixed thegreen beans and bacon together and poured the butter and brown sugar mixtureover it. It was made for a party and was a big hit!!!!!I’ve been making this recipe for years now. It was one I got at a pot luck. Myrecipe differs a little and you might prefer it. I only use 3/4 of a cup ofbrown sugar (and I don’t pack it very firmly), I use 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2tsp black pepper, and 1-1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce. I cover the wholething and bake at 350* for 20 minutes, then take the foil off and bake foranother 15 minutes. No broiling necessary that way. I give this recipe 5 starsbecause it is VERY good…but…it is NOT to be confused with a green beanside dish. Meaning you can only eat 3-4 of them…and they really are best ina pot luck setting, that way everyone gets 2-3 and it leaves you wanting more.If you were to eat it as your ‘vegetable’ for a meal then yes, I canunderstand the concern over the nutritional info.Loved this recipe. I used fresh green beans, blanched them the day before, parcooked the back, rolled the beans in the bacon, made the sauce poured it overand covered overnight. The day of the dinner I cooked as directed. Made for adinner for 10 and everybody loved them. They looked great and better still,they tasted great.I’ve been making these every Thanksgiving for years! However, I only use freshgreen beans and blanch them for a few minutes until bright green. As a morehealthy alternative, I skip the butter & sugar and toss the blanched greenbeans with some olive oil and a touch of dijon mustard. It also helps to cookthe bacon for 2 minutes in the microwave before wrapping around the greenbeans. This will help speed up the baking time to about 25 min and prevent thegreen bean from being over cooked. Delicious!Personally I don’t like these. They are really sweet and I can’t seem to getover how much fat are in these (154 g total). However most people do likethem. That’s why I gave it 4 stars. I’ve made it in bundles which is a verypretty way to make it. If you want an easier way just place the green beans inthe bottom of a baking dish cut the bacon into pieces and place over the topof the beans drizzle with brown sugar and butter sauce and sprinkle withgarlic salt. You get the same flavor with less work.I made this dish because my older daughter thought it looked interesting. Bothmy girls thought this recipe was acceptable but said the sweetness wasoverpowering. My husband and I didn’t care for it at all.
Green Beans Wrapped in Bacon: What More Could You Want?
There’s a slight chill in the air, the leaves are starting to turn…it’sbeginning to look a lot like fall! That means Thanksgiving is right around thecorner and it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner!The star of the show is set (turkey, of course) so let’s look at side dishes,and in particular, the annual classic: green beans.I love a traditional green bean casserole, especially when it’s made fromscratch with fresh green beans. However, sometimes it’s fun to switch up theusual take on Thanksgiving sides. That’s where these Bacon Wrapped Green BeanBundles come in!Not only are they a simple, no-fuss recipe to throw together (and we NEEDthat, especially on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day!) but they taste amazing!You can even prep them the day before so they’re ready to bake in the ovenright before dinner. They look great and are also very easy to serve, alreadyportioned out by the bundle.In this recipe, I used fresh ingredients like rosemary, bacon, and (of course)green beans. Fresh, real ingredients are healthier, always taste better thanprocessed or canned, and I just love the al dente tender-crunch quality of thegreen beans – it’s pretty addictive!
What kind of bacon do you recommend?
I like to use smoked, regular sliced bacon. I’d avoid thick bacon as it’s moredifficult to wrap and it’s harder to get it to cook through evenly whenwrapped around the green beans. Unsmoked bacon would work well too!
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
1. Prep the oven and pan. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup. 2. Bake the bacon. Secondly, separate the bacon slices and lay them flat on the baking sheet, and then bake them for 8 minutes. 3. Boil the green beans. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the green beans for 2 minutes, just until they are bright green and slightly tender. Drain and rinse with cold water for 1 minute immediately or put in an ice bath. Pat dry.4. Make garlic butter and coat. Combine the melted butter, garlic powder, andsalt in a small bowl. Pour over green beans, tossing to coat.5. Wrap the green beans up. Wrap 8-10 green beans into a bundle with half apiece of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Lay on the baking sheet and repeatuntil all of the beans are wrapped.6. Sprinkle and bake. Combine brown sugar, pepper, and rosemary. Sprinkleover the bundles. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and thegreen beans are tender. Sprinkle with chopped parsley if desired.
Can I make these Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles ahead of time?
I’m all about prepping side dishes for holiday meals and entertaining ahead oftime. It makes things way less stressful!Prep the bundles up until they’re wrapped, but not baked. If the bacon isstill warm, allow the bundles to cool to room temperature, and store them inan airtight container in the refrigerator. I would recommend doing this nomore than 1 or 2 days ahead of time. When you’re ready, sprinkle them with thesugar, rosemary, and pepper mixture, and bake them as per the instructionsbelow.
* Green beans: Make sure you use fresh and not canned! Fresh green beans hold together in this recipe. Mushy canned ones would just fall apart! Haricot verts or french green beans work best. * Bacon: You can use smoked or unsmoked, just make sure they are not thick sliced. I know we all love thick-cut bacon, but it’s trickier to get it to cook through when making the bundles. * Butter: Butter coats the green beans adding a delicious flavor and helping them to crisp up in the oven. * Herbs: Fresh rosemary adds so much flavor to these green bean bundles! I also used garlic powder rather than fresh garlic as it’s easier to mix evenly with butter. * Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a caramel sweetness to this bacon-wrapped green bean recipe. It’s not too much, just the right amount! * Salt & black pepper: Seasoning is always important! You don’t need too much salt as the bacon already provides some. Black pepper gives these bundles a nice peppery kick. * Fresh parsley: An optional garnish! I love finishing dishes with simple, fresh herbs for an added layer of flavor at the end.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup. Separate the bacon slices and lay flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the green beans for 2 minutes, just until they are bright green and slightly tender. Drain and rinse with cold water for 1 minute immediately or put in ice bath. Pat dry. 3. Combine butter, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl. Pour over green beans, tossing to coat. 4. Wrap 8-10 green beans into a bundle with half a piece of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Lay on the baking sheet and repeat until all of the beans are wrapped. Combine brown sugar, pepper, and rosemary. Sprinkle over the bundles. 5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the green beans are tender. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.”