One of my favorite appetizers that I love making is these green bean bundles. I wanted to cook a green bean casserole at first, but this quick and easy green bean bundles side dish came to mind instead. I usually serve them during Thanksgiving or holiday season, but lately, I’ve been craving it so I ended up cooking and eating a whole bunch by myself! It’s so simple to make this since it only uses simple ingredients such as bacon, green beans, and other pantry staples. In just less than 30 minutes, I got to enjoy tender green beans seasoned and wrapped with crispy bacon strips!
To make these bacon wrapped green beans, you’ll need the right kind of green beans. I used fresh green beans, but you can also use frozen green beans. Just make sure it’s thawed before using it. Furthermore, I recommend using thinner green beans like French green beans (haricots verts) so it’s easy to bundle the green beans and bacon together. However, you’ll still need toothpicks to tightly secure the whole bundle since this dish tends to be more on the fragile side.
When I was making these, some of the bacon strips broke away, so thinner green beans are the best choice. Alternatively, you can also try par-cooking your bacon. Partially cooked bacon is soft and pliable which makes them easier to wrap around the green beans. You can use an air fryer or pan to par-cook the bacon. Besides par-cooking the bacon, I also blanched the green beans so that they retain their bright green color after cooking. The ice bath helps improve the green beans’ crisp texture, color, and flavor.
After wrapping the green beans with bacon, I placed them on a lined baking sheet and then lightly brushed the seasoned butter mixture on each bundle. As the green bean bundles bake in the oven, the brown sugar mixed with butter caramelizes, adding lots of flavors to the entire side dish. When it was done baking, I sprinkled a bit of chopped parsley so it looked extra appetizing. These bacon wrapped green beans can be served either as an appetizer or veggie side dish! I usually eat this on its own, but sometimes, I pair it as well with my dinner meals. If you have more green beans on hand, then I suggest making a green bean casserole.
How To Make Green Bean Bundles
These green bean bundles are wrapped in slices of bacon, giving these crisp veggies a savory twist that makes them way more irresistible.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Trim and wash green beans. In a large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Add green beans and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until tender.
- Remove from boiling water and immediately place in a bowl of ice water. Pat dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, mix together garlic salt, pepper, melted butter, and brown sugar.
- Gather 6 to 10 green beans into 6 bundles and wrap with 1 piece of bacon. Secure bacon with a toothpick.
- Place green bean bundles on a greased baking sheet. Brush each bundle with the brown sugar and butter mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy. If desired, garnish with chopped parsley.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
- Calories: 252.90kcal
- Fat: 19.52g
- Saturated Fat: 8.79g
- Trans Fat: 0.35g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 7.06g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.33g
- Carbohydrates: 15.36g
- Fiber: 4.08g
- Sugar: 9.62g
- Protein: 6.51g
- Cholesterol: 39.49mg
- Sodium: 203.36mg
- Calcium: 63.43mg
- Potassium: 384.75mg
- Iron: 1.71mg
- Vitamin A: 120.86µg
- Vitamin C: 18.45mg
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