Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans!

Leave it to me to take something healthy and ruin it.  Not that adding bacon is ruining it, it's just that whole pesky eating in moderation thing.  Which my husband did not practice when eating these.  It's not my fault...I have all these green beans coming in from the garden, and How Sweet It Is posted Green Bean Bacon Bundles.  What's a girl to do?  Well, make them of course...

Green Bean Bacon Bundles 
from How Sweet It Is

makes about 10-12 bundles *I made 14

1 pound fresh green beans

10-12 slices of thick-cut bacon  *I used regular bacon

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 cloves of garlic, minced  *I only used one

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Wash and thoroughly dry green beans, then season with salt and pepper. Bundle together about 5-8 green beans – this will depend on your size of beans and the amount of beans you get for one pound. Bundle together as many as you’d like! Using a slice of bacon, wrap it around the center of the beans to hold it together. Lay the bundle bacon seam side down in the baking dish to hold it together. Repeat with remaining beans.
Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Add butter, brown sugar and garlic and whisk until melted and combined. Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture over top of each green bean bundle. Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10-15 (it took more like 25 minutes for me to get the bacon somewhat crisp, and I still ended up putting it under the broiler for a minute) minutes more, just until bacon gets crispy.

Verdict?  Bacon makes everything delicious. Even vegetables. 

The only thing for me is that I baked them in a casserole dish, and the beans cooked in all that grease.  Which may be the point, but the green beans absorb a lot of that grease, which obviously is not good for you.  I think when (when, not if) I make them again, I'll cook them in a roasting pan, with the wire rack, so the beans still get the juices of the bacon while it's cooking, but a majority will drip down into the pan.  That should also get the bacon crispier without having to broil it.  (b/c I almost always burn everything I put under the broiler - see 1st pic)

These were definitely a winner with the hubs, not so much with the kids.  But as you may have noticed, my kids don't like anything!

Since I've been blogging for a year now, I thought it would be fun to look back on previous posts.  Fun for me anyway :)  So...
Last year's PostHealthy Choices (and ongoing struggle fo' sho')

I'm linking it up with Homemaker on a Dime, Delightfully Dowling, Mouthwatering Monday @ A Southern Fairytale, Skip to my Lou, Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl CreativeDelicious Dishes at It's a Blog Party, Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff,  Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Tasty Tuesdays @ 33 Shades of Green, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Made from Scratch Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday @ For The Love Of Blogs, At Home with Haley, Lady Behind the Curtain,  Little Brick Ranch, These Chicks Cooked, Miz Helen's Country CottageMangoes and Chutney for Fat Camp Fridays, EKat's Kitchen (currently being held at Girlichef), Simply Delish, Feeding Four, It's a Keeper, Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo, The Sweet Details for Savory Sunday; Eat at Home (Ingredient Spotlight: Bacon!), Mom-Spot.com, Gooseberry Patch Blog

57 comments:

  1. I made a green bean and sausage dish a couple weeks ago. It was so good. This one looks equally delicious! I think pig and beans are meant to be. :)

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  2. These look amazing. I love bacon with just about anything and everything so these will be making their way to my table soon!!

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  3. Bacon makes the world go round! I also recommend bacon wrapped asparagus. MMmm!

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  4. These look fabulous! I'm going to have to try these!

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  5. You can't eat something this good in moderation. It's the law.

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  6. I'm pretty sure anything wrapped in bacon would taste good.

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  7. seriously, you can't go wrong with bacon...I love these tempting little bundles!

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  8. Hello, I saw you at Skip to my Lou. I really need to try those, it looks so good!
    Great Blog, you got a new follower:)

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  9. We love bacon wrapped green beans and bacon wrapped asparagus! nom nom

    Bacon makes so many things that much better ;-)

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  10. wow! we never go with out bacon at our house! I think id like them with green beans! they look so good!

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  11. I "pinned" this...want to try is ASAP...sounds so good! Thanks

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  12. Looks yummy! Looking at the photos, I was thinking this would be a good Christmas dish too, due to the bean's green and the bacon's reddish colors. And perhaps add a small amount of cheese for the yellow/gold part of the usual Christmas color scheme. Just a thought. :-D

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  13. These look amazing! I would love it if you came by and shared some of your recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  14. I cooked a green bean and sausage dish a couple weeks ago. It was so good. This one looks equally delicious.

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  15. You had me at "bacon."

    These look fantastic!

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  16. these look awesome I love bacon with my greenbeans but wow these would be a bit of a twist and a great flavor combo come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  17. "Smiles" we make these at Thanksgiving&Christmas every year we call them green bean bundles.Try using turkey bacon .

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  18. I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

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  19. I have put these on the menu for a special party that I am planning. This is a very delicious recipe that we will really enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  20. Thank you so much for stopping by Cast Party Wednesday last week. I really appreciate you sharing your recipe with us. I hope you will join us again for another awesome party filled with yummy recipes.
    Thanks Again!

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  21. Next time don't bother with melting anything on the stove. I have been making these for years and I have never done it that way. Save yourself the time.

    I just line a cookie sheet with foil. Cut the strips of bacon in half (bacon cooks better) and just dump your brown sugar directly over the top of your beans and smooth it around. I just eyeball it...no measuring! Then sprinkle your jarred garlic salt liberally over the top.

    One less pan to clean up and no butter involved!

    Who knew green beans could be so addictive???!!!???!!!

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  22. I lined pan with foil. Put bacon-wrapped beans on rack so fat can drain. We like garlic used minced 3-4 cloves.

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  23. I luv 2 wrap bacon on everything! This sounds good 4 when my fresh green beans come out of our garden. Will b trying this as soon as they r ready. Thanks 4 sharring!

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  24. i love bacon-wrapped asparagus and this looks as that. will try make some soon. thanks for posting!

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  25. Delicious! I like to pound chicken breast (boneless of course) thin & wrap it around the green beans or asparagus, then wrap the bacon on the outside of the chicken, secure with a toothpick & bake! Yum! For added flavor I put a dab of garlic butter & a few cubes of pepperjack cheese inside with the green beans/asparagus before wrapping everything up! Heavenly!

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  26. Oh my goodness. little bits of heaven! I made this with asparagus, low sodium bacon, soy sauce, garlic and a touch of brown sugar! WOWZERS! Yummy

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  27. @Denise - that sounds awesome! My husband likes asparagus so I need to try your version ASAP! I know he would love it!

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  28. I have made these 4 days in a row. They are addictive.

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  29. I have made these 4 days in a row. They are addictive.

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  30. I have made these 4 days in a row. They are addictive.

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  31. I have made these 4 days in a row. They are addictive.

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  32. I made these to go with meatloaf and slow roasted potatoes tonight for dinner and they were a huge hit with my hubby! YUMMY!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  33. @Cindy I'm so glad y'all enjoyed it! It is a favorite of my hubs too. Thanks for letting me know!

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  34. I'm on a low carb diet, but I want to try this. I am going to replace the brown sugar with either Splenda's brown sugar or molasses. Thanks for for the recipe!


    ❀Lisa
    Effective Teaching Articles Blog

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  35. HI! This looks great! Did you cook your beans first, or do they cook enough in the oven? Thank you!

    Julie

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    1. Hey Jewels! You do not have to precook your green beans, they weplenty done! Thanks, let me know how they tirn oit for you!re

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    2. Stupid phone...I guess you can understand that reply!

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  36. I found you from Pinterest. Thank you for the yummy recipe :).
    I did have to substitute prochutto for the bacon, but is was yummy anyway. Can't wait to make it again with bacon.

    This is definitely getting a place in my veggie rotation.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! Glad you liked it. I think prosciutto sounds like a pretty good substitution!

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  37. Found you on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks delicious. I can't wait to try this for our next meal. :) Take care and have a great day...

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Gotta love Pinterest :-)

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  38. The bundles are wonderful! The kids at home won’t have any reason to not eat the veggies now since bacon strips are wrapped around them. Surely, other readers who are looking for fresh ideas on preparing their food and even restaurant Fort Lauderdale providers will be delighted with this post of yours. I can’t wait to get home to my sister’s house for the weekend and make these bundles! Awesome recipe!

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  39. I am making these tonight and I can't wait to taste them!!!! I'll give your advice of baking them a rack a try!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  40. I made these tonight and they were so good! I also made extra of the sauce (don't know how much extra, didnt measure things out) and I put in three bonless skinless thin cut chicken breasts in the pot, covered and boiled until cooked through. Then I put a piece of bacon on each and topped with a piece of swiss cheese and broiled with the beans. SOOO good!! My kids are eating it up like crazy!! Oh and I did cook the beans on a jelly roll pan with a wire rack and covered with tinfoil and they turned out great! Not greasy at all. Thanks for the recipie!!

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    1. Sounds like an awesome dinner! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out!

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  41. I've made these & also done them with asparagus spears. With it being soo hot here in TX, I made these in a frying pan with identical results. Yum.

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    1. Good to know! I've got to try this with asparagus!

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  42. I'm making these tomorrow and using a broiler type pan to remove the grease. Would you still cover with foil for the first 35 mins, and then uncover to crisp the bacon? Thanks :)

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    1. Yes I would still cover with foil to get the green beans and bacon cooked through. I hope you enjoy them!

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  43. Been making these for years using canned whole green beans. Easy and come out oh so good. Will dig up my recipe and post here. Close to this one but a few tweaks. Good for when green beans are not in season.

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    1. I'm all about some canned green beans, would love to see your version!

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