Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles are perfect for special occasions-they are sure to wow your guests! They're a great side dish for a family gathering and different occasions whether it's to accompany weeknight dinners or for more special holiday meals, like Thanksgiving. These tender green beans are absolutely delicious and their bright color makes them so inviting marinating the green beans really helps to impart a lot of flavors so make sure you do this step! This recipe is one that brings my whole family around the table especially to admire the cute little package they've been bundled in!
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- Fresh Green Beans or Haricot Vert (French cut green beans)- the star of the show and main ingredient
- Extra Virgin Olive oil- used to flavor the vegetable and help them roast
- Thick-Cut Bacon strips-adds an additional layer of flavor
- Brown Sugar-provides a slightly sweet contrast to the bacon
- Shallots and garlic-aromatics that help give the green beans more flavor
- lemon juice- helps blend everything together
- Salt and black Pepper- brings out the natural flavors of the ingredients
More about bacon-wrapped green bean bundles
This is a simple recipe that really is the perfect side dish. I love to make this for my Thanksgiving table because it is something different and out of the ordinary. Traditionally, my family dinner involves classic green bean casserole however, we've been trying new things to add to the list of traditions. This easy green bean recipe is the perfect combination of flavors because each element adds so much flavor.
What you need to make green bean bundles
You will need a small bowl, a large baking sheet, an airtight container to marinate the beans in, a cutting board, a sharp knife, and paper towels. This recipe makes small bundles but if you want larger ones, see the "variations" section below.
This is one of those green bean recipes that really is quite simple to make. You will not need to create an ice bath, use any ice water, or a large pot of water for any part of this recipe.
How to prepare and cook the bacon
The bacon cooking process is very specific. You want to ensure your bacon is flexible enough to wrap around the green beans so here's what you should do...preheat your oven. Lay the bacon out flat on a baking sheet, and sprinkle them with brown sugar. Bake the bacon about halfway through and then remove it from the oven; allow some time to cool before wrapping the green bean bundles.
This is one of the most important steps in the process: do not cook the bacon all the way through. The bacon needs to remain slightly uncooked so that the strips can be wrapped.
First, pre-heat the oven and set out a baking sheet the bacon. Lay out each bacon slice on the baking sheet and sprinkle each one with a bit of brown sugar (about a teaspoon per slice) before placing it in the oven.
The final result will be crispy bacon wrapped around crisp beans that are also tender inside.
- Complete all prep-work including slicing the shallots, mincing the garlic, and juicing the lemon. Mix shallots, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, together in a small bowl and set aside. Alternatively, you can add these ingredients to the beans before marinating and incorporate the beans into the mixture.
- Marinate the green beans in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 30 minutes.
- Lay each strip of bacon onto a baking sheet, sprinkle with brown sugar and bake halfway (about 7-8 minutes). Let cool on a paper towel-lined plate before cutting the strips in half.
- Remove the marinating green beans from the refrigerator and place a handful of green beans (about 5-6) on the edge of each half piece of bacon and wrap fully until the green bean bundles are wrapped completely in bacon. Place the bundle seam-side down on a baking sheet.
- Repeat this process until all of the green beans are used.
- Spoon the remaining marinade mixture evenly onto all of the bundles before placing them back in the oven to bake. The total time in the oven should be about 10 minutes.
You may substitute garlic powder for fresh garlic but using whole green beans really does make a huge difference and add to the overall flavor profile.
You could make larger green bean bundles by using an entire slice of bacon and 8-10 green beans.Print
Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles are sprinkled with brown sugar and marinated in garlic and shallots creating a super flavorful side dish.
3 slices thick cut bacon
3 tsp brown sugar
about 30 green beans (Haricots Verts are thin French green beans)
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
sprinkle of pepper
- Place bacon on a sheet pan.
- Sprinkle bacon with brown sugar and bake halfway through in the oven.
- Remove excess oil from bacon and cut in half.
- Prepare marinade for green beans by chopping garlic and slicing shallots.
- Combine shallots, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in an airtight container; marinate for 30 minutes.
- Lay bacon flat on a baking sheet and place about 4 or 5 green beans in the middle; wrap up the green beans and place them seam side down.
- Repeat step 6 until all ingredients are gone.
- Spoon remaining marinade over all pieces; roast in the oven at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- Prep Time: 35 minutes
- Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bundle
- Calories: 192
- Sugar: 18 g
- Sodium: 321.5 mg
- Fat: 3.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 37.5 g
- Protein: 11.2 g
- Cholesterol: 5.7 mg
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