Ordinary green beans become extra-special and positively delicious when they're wrapped in crispy bacon and glazed with buttery brown sugar in these Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze!
Bacon makes everything better. I've said it before because, quite frankly, it's true.
I enjoy me some nice fresh green beans regardless of preparation, but this recipe elevates them from good to amazing. Not only do you have a crispy little bacon jacket, but you also have a buttery, garlicky, brown sugary glaze to counter that salty bacon. I'm telling you, these little babies will change the way you think about green beans.
I decided to share this recipe today because, with the holidays approaching, there are plenty of imminent opportunities for side dishes that are just a tad more special than your everyday fare. Now I realize that some would call it sacrilege to even consider substituting a Thanksgiving preparation of green beans other than cream-of-soupy, crispy onion-topped green bean casserole. And I am not here today to suggest such. Rather, I offer these green bean bundles as a nifty alternative if you're simply looking for something a little bit different this year.
However, if tradition still dictates a green bean casserole for your family's Thanksgiving spread, these green bean bundles would make a lovely addition to Christmas dinner instead. Or heck, they'd be great for Easter. Or on any old Tuesday.
Bottom line? These bacon-wrapped green bean bundles look and taste far fancier than the few minutes it takes to throw them together, and your family or your dinner guests will enjoy them regardless of the occasion. After all, that's the magic of bacon...am I right?
Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze Recipe
Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed
- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with heavy foil. Lay bacon strips on pan without overlapping. Bake for 10 minutes or until bacon is just starting to brown on the edges while remaining underdone and pliable. Drain bacon on a plate lined with paper towels and, once cool, cut each slice in half. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
- While bacon cooks, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch green beans by plunging them into the boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer beans to a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
- In a small pot, melt the butter. Mix in salt, garlic powder, and brown sugar until well blended.
- To assemble bundles, lay 8 to 12 beans in a pile (or less, depending on the thickness of your beans). Take a half piece of bacon and wrap it around the top of the green bean bundle, tucking the ends underneath. Lay the bundle on a baking sheet with the bacon seam-side down. Repeat with all green beans.
- Using a spoon, evenly drizzle the butter/sugar mixture over each green bean bundle. Season with freshly cracked black pepper, to taste.
- Roast at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp and cooked through. Allow to rest on the baking pan for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.
- My green beans were fairly thin (the French haricort vert variety), and 10 per bundle worked out perfectly.
- Since a half slice of bacon will not wrap around the green beans more than once, take care that your bundles don't fall apart when you transfer them from the baking sheet. I like to grip each bundle firmly with tongs so that it stays together.
- If you prefer, you may brush on the butter/sugar glaze with a pastry brush, as opposed to using a spoon.
Adapted from Williams Sonoma.
More Tasty Holiday Sides
- Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread
- Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn
- Holiday Honeycrisp Salad
- Brussels Sprouts Gratin