We eat a lot of green beans at our house — mostly because it’s one of three vegetables that our son will eat. I thought he would eat anything if it were wrapped in bacon, but that’s not always the case.
This is a very simple green bean dish, but it also looks nice served for a dinner party. You can prepare it earlier in the day and bake it for dinner. (It’s the vegetable we served at my in-laws anniversary dinner party).
Green Bean Bundles
2 lbs. Green Beans (thin, tender beans like Haricot Verts)
12 strips of Bacon, partially cooked (I use the Hormel Pre-Cooked Bacon from Costco)
4 Tbs. Butter, melted
3 Tbs. Brown Sugar
1. Trim the green beans to the same length. Steam or parboil the beans for 2 – 3 minutes. Drain immediately and place beans in an ice bath (large bowl filled with ice water).
2. Drain and dry beans with clean dish towels or paper towels. Gather 12 – 14 beans in bundles and wrap piece of bacon around the center of each bundle. Place bundles in a glass baking dish.
3. Sprinkle bundles with garlic salt. Pour melted butter over bundles and sprinkle with brown sugar.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until bacon is done. (Increase baking time if you’ve prepared in advance and the beans have been refrigerated).