Finding a side dish that is easy and delicious is not easy:) I started making this recipe years ago when I needed a “fancy” side dish, but had my hands full with babies and needed it to be easy. This one has been a winner ever since. I love green beans because they are so versatile and available. You can find good fresh green beans all year round in every grocery store and that is key to an easy recipe. If you can’t find the ingredients easily then the recipe is not easy to me.
Every menu needs a green and this is a fabulous green side dish that you can serve warm or at room temperature so it works great for buffets. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes to cook.
Green Bean Bundles
Makes 8 Servings
8 slices of bacon
3/4 stick (6 Tablespoons) butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans or haricot vert (the thinner green beans)
Preheat oven to 350Â°
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large skillet cook bacon just until it starts to brown (about 2 minutes a side). You will want it still raw and pliable. Remove to a paper lined plate and let drain.
Cut each piece of bacon in half.
In a small bowl whisk together butter, salt, brown sugar and garlic powder. Set aside.
Divind green beans into 16 equal portions, about 6 green beans in each bundle.
Wrap one piece of bacon around the middle of each bundle. Place the bundles on the parchment lined baking sheet making sure the loose ends of the bacon are on the bottom of each bundle.
Spoon the butter mixture over each bundle.
Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until bacon is golden brown.
Remove from oven and let stand for 5-7 minutes.
* The recipe will create al dente green beans (they will be cooked but will have a bit of a bite to them). If you like your green beans well done then blanch the beans in salted water for 2-3 minutes before beginning the recipe.