Green Bean Bundles

One of my favorite vegetables is green beans.  I love them cooked with the perfect amount of salt and bacon, can’t forget the bacon.  I’ve had bacon wrapped green beans a couple of times.  The problem was, though, that they added a brown sugar glaze of some sort onto the bundles.  I’m personally not a big fan of mixing savory & sweet in one dish.  After reading several recipes a while back, I attempted to make my own.  I made them last weekend for a dinner at church.  While I was doing it this time, I decided to take pictures & “write” the recipe down.  If you use this recipe, I’d love to hear how they turned out.

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

Green Bean Bundles

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups uncooked green beans
  • 1 lb Bacon
  • Italian Dressing
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Toothpicks (1 per bundle)

Batch Size: This recipe will make approximately 24 bundles.

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

The fresh green beans I purchased still had the ends on them so I trimmed them all first.  This allowed me to separate the smaller green beans (mixed with the asparagus above) into a separate pile.  These are too small for the bundles but would be perfect for a batch of green beans in a few days.  [Ignore the asparagus in these pictures.  Dad cut some fresh out his garden and wanted me to bundle those while I was doing the green beans.  He liked them so I guess you could sub asparagus for the green beans if you would like to.]

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

Wash the green beans.

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

Salt a pot of boiling water.

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

Blanch the green beans.  To blanch, boil the green beans for appx 3 minutes.  Then, immediately remove them from the hot water and place them in ice cold water.  This retains their bright green color and keeps them from cooking further.  (We’ll be cooking them some in the oven so you don’t need to completely cook them by boiling them.)

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

While the green beans are cooking, cut the 1 lb of bacon in half.  I like to use thin sliced bacon instead of thick sliced bacon.  (The thicker the bacon, the longer it will take to cook & brown in the oven.)

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

You’ll need some toothpicks.  I typically just get a handful out.  You’ll need 1 per bundle.

After you are done cooking the green beans, let them cool enough so you can handle them without burning your fingers.

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

After the green beans have cooled, it’s time to wrap the bundles.  I typically use 5 green beans per 1/2 slice of bacon.  I lay the bacon out flat and then place the green beans in the center.  Then, I fold up each end of the bacon and place the toothpick through so it catches both ends of the bacon.  5 cups of green beans makes approximately 24 5 green bean bundles.

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

After I am done wrapping all of the green bean bundles, I salt & pepper each one and then put Italian dressing on each one.

Green Bean Bundles - 4/19/09

This time, I sat them in the refrigerator to marinade for about an hour.  (How long you let them sit is up to you.  I personally think 30 minutes to an hour is a good timeframe.  It just depends on how long I have between preparation and eat time.)

Finally, place them in a preheated 350 degree oven.  Cook them for about 45 minutes, until the bacon is done.  I also place them in the broiler for 10 minutes or so to crisp & brown the bacon.

Enjoy!

Susan - April 25, 2009 - 5:02 pm

Looks like a great recipe. I will check it out.

The green bean straws at PF Changs are another good green bean dish.

Penni - April 25, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Those look delicious.

Madison - June 17, 2012 - 7:38 am

My grandmother gave me this recipe years ago! It’s delicious. The only thing I do differently is this: Once the green beans are cooled from blanching, I let them sit in a bowl and marinate in the italian dressing for at least four hours in the fridge. It really allows them to hold the flavor! Messy, but totally worth it. I’ve always had trouble getting the oven time down perfectly, so when I make these today I’m going to use your temperature and time! Thanks!

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