Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Sweet Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

If you have someone in your family who's not a fan of the classic green bean casserole (my husband!), put these bacon-wrapped green beans on the menu instead. They're delicious!

The Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of fresh green beans or 3 cans (14.5oz) cans of whole green beans, drained
  • 1 lb thick-cut bacon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • a dash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • black pepper or Montreal steak seasoning
  • toothpicks

The Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

If you're using fresh green beans, steam or boil under crisp-tender. If you're using canned green beans, drain them thoroughly. Once your green beans are prepared, dump them into a dish where you can spread them out a little.

Open your bacon & using kitchen scissors or a knife, cut all the slices in half. Lay a 1/2 bacon slice on a cutting board or plate & gather a bundle of approximately 6-7 green beans. Canned green beans are sometimes in pieces, so just estimate. Place the beans on the bacon & roll, wrapping the bacon tightly around the beans. Secure with a toothpick. Place in your baking dish.

Repeat until all bacon & beans are used... you may have to adjust your bundle sizes to make sure you finish without something left over.

In a medium bowl, melt butter. Add garlic powder & Worcestershire sauce (if desired), then add brown sugar gradually, tasting until it's perfect. You may not want to use the entire cup of brown sugar... it's totally up to you. Spoon the glaze over each green bean bundle, making sure the bacon is coated. Sprinkle lightly with black pepper or steak seasoning (skip this step to make less peppery).

Bake for 20-25 minutes until bacon is cooked. Yum!

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