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

Assemble 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

Why You Should Make Green Bean 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 weeknight, 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.

  • This fresh green bean recipe is elegant and delicious!
  • Simple, easy-to-find ingredients make a company-worthy side dish.
  • You can assemble these ahead of time to make it easy when the dinner hour draws near.
  • They make such a fun presentation! 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you select fresh green beans?

The color should be bright green without bruises or discoloration. They should feel firm and crisp and snap when bent. The skin should be smooth and tight without signs of dehydration.

Avoid beans with large swollen pods as this is a sign of old, tough green beans.

How do you blanch green beans?

Blanching is a cooking process that brightens and sets the color. It also starts the cooking process.

To blanch green beans, drop them into boiling water briefly (about 2-3 minutes) until the color brightens. Next, remove them with a slotted spoon and plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process.

How do you precook bacon?

Precooking the bacon helps ensure the bacon will be safe to eat when the shorter cooking time for the beans is done. Fry or microwave the bacon until much of the fat is rendered, the bacon looks nearly cooked, but is not crisp, but pliable. This way it can be wrapped around the beans.

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles on a square plate

Tips for Making Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

This is one of those Fresh Green Bean Recipes that 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.

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Note: Photos and text updated 2018.

Two Green Bean and Bacon Bundles on a square white plate

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings

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

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound haricots verts or thin green beans (may cook first for about 3-4 minutes, then cool in ice water)
  • 6 slices of 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.

Precooking the bacon helps assure it's fully done when the beans are cooked.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

2 bundles

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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