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!
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!
Why You Must Make
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.
- 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!
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!
- PRO-Tip: You may 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.
- PRO-Tip: Using thin green beans or haricots verts works 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
You May Also Like:
- Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus
- Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots
- Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Lemon Garlic Broccoli
- Roasted Autumn Vegetables
- Cauliflower Bacon Gratin
- More Side Dish Recipes
Green Bean and Bacon Bundles
An easy, elegant side dish that's impressive enough to serve company.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Then broil for a minute or two to brown if desired.
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.
Serving Size:2 bundles
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g
56 Comments on “Green Bean and Bacon Bundles”
What a great idea, we just picked fresh green beans from the farm last weekend. I think this will be a hit at home!
This is a perfect party dish. So fancy.
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.
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.
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.
Fresh green beans are my very favorite vegetable- love that you added bacon here! Great recipe!
That is such a perfect party dish!! Simply beautiful 🙂
This is a beautiful idea and very fancy! Great dish for buffet too!
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.
I’ve always loved roasted green beans and now there’s bacon with it too. Double yummy!!
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!
Very sophisticated looking veggie. You can’t have enough green bean recipes…
Liz, this is such a great idea. It is a lovely presentation when having guests for dinner.
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?
These are so pretty! I’d have to make extra.
Love, love love green beans and these bundles wrapped in bacon are awesome! Could definitely eat a few bundles.
I love green beans with bacon bits but these bundles look so pretty and you get more bacon! 😉
I have yet to try bacon but the combination of these greens with bacon sounds nice. Would love to give this dish a try.
I enjoy seeing your cooking since I hardly bake! Simple adore this appetizer!
Lizzy, this is great! I usually see this with asparagus and using green beans is a welcome alternative.