An impressive side dish that will please even the vegetable avoiders, these Green Bean and Bacon bundles are both elegant and delicious!
Fresh green beans are one of the blessings of summer. And sometimes it’s nice to make them fancy…even on a weeknight. Bundling a few green beans in bacon, seasoning, drizzling with oil and baking makes an elegant presentation…not to mention a delicious little package. This recipe for Green Bean and Bacon Bundles comes from Lisa Ott, an American Family Insurance employee, who revealed, “The green beans come from my dad’s garden, and we are always looking for new ways to eat them.” I’m so glad she shared…and I’m secretly wishing my dad had a garden overflowing with veggies to offer his daughters!
Precook the Components for a Speedier Preparation
I’m including Lisa’s original recipe for green beans with bacon bundles with my tweaks noted. I precooked the beans and bacon so the beans would keep their green color and to shorten the time in the oven. If you don’t want to fiddle with those extra steps, Lisa’s recipe is delicious as is. When I have a busy day, I do a lot of prep work in the morning, so dinner comes together quickly. For this recipe, you can prepare the beans and bacon while sipping on your breakfast coffee. I place a few paper towels on a microwave-safe plate, arrange the bacon in a single layer, top with more paper towels and zap till some of the fat is rendered and it is partially cooked. The beans can be cooked for about 5 minutes, drained and placed in ice water. This makes for simple assembly during the busy dinner hour.
Back to the Table
This post is another in the series from the Back to the Table Campaign from American Family Insurance. AmFam has partnered with the Sunday Supper crew to encourage families to spend time together around the family dinner table.
Check out what other AmFam recipes will be shared this week:
Monday – Curious Cuisiniere – Oriental Burritos
Tuesday – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings – Cinnamony Sweet Potato Muffins
Thursday – girlichef – Crunchy Ramen Salad – 2 Ways
Friday – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies – Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- Green beans (may cook first for about 4 minutes, then cool in ice water)
- Bacon (may par-cook)
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder (or salt)
- Olive oil
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Clean and snip the ends of the green beans. Bundle beans in bunches of 5-7 and wrap with ½ of a bacon slice. Place all on a pan so they are not touching. Drizzle olive oil over each bundle, and then season with onion and garlic powder. Sprinkle a little Parmesan on each bundle as well.
- Bake for a half hour. Put oven on broil setting and broil for another 10 to 15 minutes.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.