I was thinking about how I haven’t had bacon in a really long time and how much I miss it. My ideal way to eat bacon would be in a BLT, but I decided to pair it up with some green beans instead so that I can get some veggie intake to absorb some of the bacon grease ( mind trickery). I went for the bacon green bean recipe from Williams-Sonoma and already had all of the ingredients on hand. The bacon made the apartment smell so good and I kept opening the oven to eagerly check if these bundles were ready to eat. This recipe actually cooks the bacon for a little bit in a frying pan first and then transfers to the oven. Or like lazy me, you can use raw bacon to wrap around the bundles instead and just cook it for an extra 10 minutes in the oven. The bundles turned out delicious and the brown sugar is really what makes the flavours pop. Such a perfect side dish or an appetizer! Maybe I’ll make them again for the Super Bowl this weekend!
What is your favourite way to eat bacon? Or for the vegetarians, what are your favourite meat substitutes?
Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans
- 8 thick bacon slices
- 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp. roasted garlic powder
- 1 1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and blanched
- 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large non-stick fry pan over medium heat, cook the bacon in batches until the slices are just beginning to brown along the edges but are still very underdone and pliable, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and let cool, then cut each slice in half crosswise. (this is where I used half raw bacon strips to wrap around bundles of 5 to 8 green beans)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, salt and garlic powder.
- Divide the green beans into 16 equal portions, about 6 beans each. Gather each portion into a neat bunch and wrap a half slice of bacon around the center to hold the beans together. Place the bundles on the prepared baking sheet with the loose ends of the bacon underneath. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bundles and drizzle with the butter mixture.
- Roast until the bacon is cooked through and browned, 20 to 25 minutes (extra 10 minutes or so for raw bacon). Let stand for 3 to 5 before serving.