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

Make these green bean bundles ahead of time and just pop them into the oven before dinner. You will look like a seasoned host or hostess!

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles wrapped in bacon on a white tray

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles

Fresh green beans are one of the blessings of summer. A few of my favorite tried and true green bean recipes are these Asian Green Beans from my mom’s recipe box,  Haricots Verts with Grape Tomatoes, and Garlic Parmesan Roasted Green Beans. Sometimes it’s nice to make them fancy, even on a weeknight.  Bundling a few green beans in bacon, drizzling with a jazzed up garlic butter sauce, and baking makes an elegant presentation, not to mention a delicious little package.

According to the hubby, I hit a home run with these bacon wrapped beauties.  Not something I’d typically make on a week night, but I had extra bacon in the fridge and fresh green beans from our nearby produce stand.  Bill ate one bundle before dinner, and then another and another.  This green bean and bacon bundles recipe will be moved to the stack of tried and true, and I’m certain I’ll get requests for another go round of these winners.

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles on a square plate

Tips for Making Green Bean Bundles

These green bean and bacon bundles can be served for a special weeknight dinner or for dinner guests! Versatile, impressive and delicious!

  • I often precook the beans and bacon so the beans keep their green color and to shorten the time in the oven. 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 precooked for about 3-5 minutes, drained and placed in ice water. This makes for simple assembly during the busy dinner hour and shortens the time in the oven.
  • Using thin green beans or haricots verts work best. You can often find whole thin green beans in the frozen food section of your grocery store, just defrost before assembling. Cooking time will vary depending on both the thickness of your beans and your bacon.

Note: Photos and text updated 2018.

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This post is another in the series from the Back to the Table Campaign from American Family Insurance. AmFam has partnered with some of my blogger friends to encourage families to spend time together around the family dinner table.

Check out what other AmFam recipes will be shared this week:

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Thursday – girlichef – Crunchy Ramen Salad – 2 Ways

Friday – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies – Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

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Two Green Bean and Bacon Bundles on a square white plate

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles

An easy, elegant side dish that’s impressive enough to serve company.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Vegetables
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1/23/4 pound haricots verts or thin green beans (may cook first for about 34 minutes, then cool in ice water)
  • Bacon, 1/2 slice for every 5 green beans (may par-cook)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 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 1/2 of a bacon slice. Skewer with a toothpick if desired. Place on a baking sheet.
  3. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar, garlic salt and black pepper. Drizzle over each bundle, and then sprinkle a little Parmesan on each bundle as well.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Then broil for a minute or two to brown if desired.

Notes

Note: if you precooked the beans and bacon, you may want to decrease the cooking time to 15-20 minutes.

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57 comments on “Green Bean and Bacon Bundles”

  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. 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. 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

  44. Yum, my favorite way to eat green beans! 

  45. this looks wonderful Lizzy, hugs and love ! gloria

  46. Such a classic but with a modern presentation, love bacon. And just started doing do my green beans in the air fryer…love them more.

  47. I could make a meal out of these little bundles! Thanks for the great recipe Liz

  48. These do look wonderful Liz. That bacon, oh I love bacon but try to avoid it now that I’m getting older. It’s fine occasionally or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Great side dish – love it!!

  49. These make great appetizers as well as potluck dishes, dear! Love it! xoxo

  50. I love that you can make these Ahead of time 

  51. These bundles are so elegant and Bill likes them – big kudos there. I know I’d like them too.

  52. Well I know technically winter has just started, but these little bundles scream “Spring”! I make the similar dish with asparagus in spring, but green beens make a great substitution during the cold seasons when asparagus is outrageously expensive. Delicious!

  53. Loving these low carb easy peasy appetizers. Bacon according to teenagers belongs in it’s own food group, so they would be a hit here.

  54. What a great way to get everyone to eat green beans! Bacon always trumps veggies!

  55. Nice post keep up the good work

  56. Beautiful presentation and I could eat this every day.

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