Green Bean and Bacon Bundles

An impressive side dish that will please even the vegetable avoiders, these Green Bean and Bacon bundles are both elegant and delicious!

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles | An elegant and impressive side dishGreen Bean and Bacon Bundles

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!
Green Beans and Bacon Bundles | An elegant and impressive side dish

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 Bean and Bacon Bundles
 
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An easy, elegant side dish that's impressive enough to serve company. Recipe courtesy of Lisa Ott.
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Serves: Varies
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake for a half hour. Put oven on broil setting and broil for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Note: if you precooked the beans and bacon, cook for 15 minutes, then sprinkle with Parmesan and bake for another 5 minutes.
    Yield: Servings vary depending on amount of beans
      Total time: 1 hour

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        Comments

        1. Lizzy, this is great! I usually see this with asparagus and using green beans is a welcome alternative.

        2. I enjoy seeing your cooking since I hardly bake! Simple adore this appetizer!

        3. I have yet to try bacon but the combination of these greens with bacon sounds nice. Would love to give this dish a try.

        4. I love green beans with bacon bits but these bundles look so pretty and you get more bacon! 😉

        5. Love, love love green beans and these bundles wrapped in bacon are awesome! Could definitely eat a few bundles.

        6. These are so pretty! I’d have to make extra.

        7. Mmmm…….a new take on Southern prepped green beans. I love it! Green beans just take better with a little bacon, but then, doesn’t everything?

        8. Liz, this is such a great idea. It is a lovely presentation when having guests for dinner.

        9. Very sophisticated looking veggie. You can’t have enough green bean recipes…
          Sam

        10. I always love all your sweet stuff, Liz, but I have a pretty good savory side, too, and these green beans are very appealing, so pretty. Perfect for a holiday dinner party.And your little picks? Adorable!

        11. I’ve always loved roasted green beans and now there’s bacon with it too. Double yummy!!

        12. My dad has a garden overflowing with goodies, but he lives 800 miles away. There’s always something, isn’t there? I like the idea of doing a bacon wrap with green beans instead of asparagus since I’m the only one that likes the later.

        13. This is a beautiful idea and very fancy! Great dish for buffet too!

        14. That is such a perfect party dish!! Simply beautiful 🙂

        15. Fresh green beans are my very favorite vegetable- love that you added bacon here! Great recipe!

        16. Great idea! Green beans are my favorite veggie. Jordan gets so sick of having them the same way. He would love this change up with bacon.

        17. I like to prep things ahead of time as much as possible, too. Love the looks of these! Very pretty. And green beans and bacon just work together, don’t they? Good stuff – thanks.

        18. Liz, I like this idea of jazzing up green beans. I’d be tempted to use this recipe for asparagus too. Have a nice day.

        19. This is a perfect party dish. So fancy.

        20. What a great idea, we just picked fresh green beans from the farm last weekend. I think this will be a hit at home!

        21. oh now this brings back some memories! Since I can remember my grandmother used to make this for all our family gathering and church pot lucks. It was a favorite of mine. She used to drizzle a dab of bbq sauce on each bundle before baking to give them a smoky flavoR!

        22. Bacon just makes everything better. Those green bean bundles are super cute and tasty for sure.

        23. Dina@The Everyday Contessa says:

          I must admit, I love anything wrapped in bacon! This recipe is wonderful because I usually make bacon wrapped asparagus, and this is something different to try. This looks like it will be on my holiday table for sure!

        24. The green bean bundles look so delicious and yet so easy to make. Thanks for sharing:)

        25. What pretty bundles, Liz! This is indeed a great dish to entertain guests…

        26. Green beans wrapped with bacon? Oh yes, I’m there. They look so mouthwatering, Liz. 🙂

        27. What a fun and unexpected party appetizer! These look delicious, Liz!

        28. Oh yes, I could eat these by the ton! 🙂

        29. There is nothing like fresh green beans. They do the body and the soul good! Thank you for sharing Liz!

        30. Great idea to precook the beans and bacons, Liz. They sure are pretty little bundles =) And undoubtedly very tasty!

          P.s. My fresh beans are picked at Whole Foods 😉

        31. Partially cooking the bacon is a good time savor and serving these on a weeknight makes dinner extra special. I hope our Farmers Mkt is still open so I can score some fresh green beans.

        32. Hate cooking at the last minute, though I do it a lot. But not for holidays. Then I’m ready. These are always an elegant way to serve green beans!

        33. what lovely and delicious plate Lizzy!!

        34. Oh my goodness! This is so simple and delicious! I would love some right now

        35. What an excellent dish! The pictures are so pretty! I love the balance between the bacon and green beans. I can’t wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

        36. Liz, you made green beans look so good…so elegant! Simple and tasty.
          Thanks for the idea and hope you are having a wonderful week 😀

        37. I love this! It reminds me of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus so this is a great alternative and frankly, I would much rather have this!

        38. These little bundles are so pretty. I think I can even get my kids to eat green beans if I present it like this. 🙂

        39. Hotly Spiced says:

          This looks like a great way to eat beans but I’m sure this would work well with asparagus too. Asparagus is now in season and is very affordable so I might try this recipe with asparagus xx

        40. These look so good!

        41. You have made the humble green beans so fancy and great!

        42. i always craving for this kind of tapas in a party…..hehehe

        43. Lizzy,
          I love green beans and, of course, bacon. This is great recipe. Can’t wait to try it.
          Annamaria

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