Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans.



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

Ingredients:
  • 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

Directions:
  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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)
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, salt and garlic powder.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.







32 comments:

  1. Natalie, I love this! I wanted to jump into the screen and have one.., or two!

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  2. My teenagers think that bacon is one of the major food groups so you have their vote and then they might actually eat something green. Take care, BAM

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    1. Too funny, its so true though, teenagers could probably live off bacon!

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  3. I do make a mean coconut bacon, if I do say so myself... Just large coconut flakes, tamari, and liquid smoke. I know it sounds dubious, but it's truly uncanny how meaty it tastes! Even my omnivore parents were surprised when they tasted it. Not long enough to wrap in pretty little green bean bundles like this, but I'd gladly toss it together for a "deconstructed" version. ;)

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    1. Coconut and bacon colliding together sounds like my dream come true!

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  4. Having both this AND a blt would be a little bit of Heaven foooo sho! =)

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  5. I have a niece who is not crazy about green veggies. Somehow, I think she would definitely eat this. After all, who doesn't love bacon?

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    1. As much as I try not to eat it often, I really do love bacon :)

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  6. I love these green bean wraps! They look droolworthy!

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  7. I think these are a genius idea. I like to proscuitto wrap asparagaus and broccolini.

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    1. Oh wow that sounds great actually, I love prosciutto!

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  8. I know that this would make my husband smile...he loves anything with bacon.

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  9. Veggies wrapped in bacon sounds like the perfect way to eat them.

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  10. I don't eat bacon but maybe I could get my brother to eat string beans if I wrapped them like this. what cute little parcels!

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  11. Oh dear! These look so good! I bet my husband would love green beans it I displayed them like this. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I simply love it. I will definitely be following you on bloglovin'. xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.com

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  12. hahahaha... that e-card was so funny!

    and i don't think green beans have ever looked more appetizing than now, wrapped in that bacon. i don't even eat bacon yet i want to try these...lol

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  13. Wholeheartedly agree with the comic!

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  14. these are so cute! i use to be disgustingly obsessed with bacon! i cracked up at that picture i am like that with pretty much all my food, not very good at sharing!

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  15. I love that you just baked them! I'm all for skipping steps and making recipes easier when possible. I love bacon too. It would be all that butter than freaks me out. I think I'd skip that and hope the bacon had enough fat and flavor.

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    1. Yeah the butter is killer! I may opt it out next time.

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  16. I too would leave out the butter, combine the sugar with the salt and garlic powder and sprinkle.

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  17. Haha, that e card is hilarious! And this is such a creative recipe:)

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  18. I love the look of these beans with bacon. How yummy. I've never cooked beans and bacon that way before and now I'm certainly going to try this xx

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  19. I can just smell the bacon! This looks & sounds wonderful! I love oven roasted green beans, but this takes it to a whole new level! :)

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  20. Bacon? I love bacon. And the crazy thing is I don't eat red meat any more. But I do love bacon. I was able to give up burgers but not bacon. And your card made my daughter laugh. Long distance. And that's a good thing!

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  21. The cartoon is hysterical...I love it.

    I don't eat meat but I have to say how much I love the presentation...such a sophisticated looking dish.

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  22. Who can resist bacon? I sure can't! Great idea for combining bacon + green beans - really fun recipe. Good stuff - thannks.

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  23. I think everybody loves bacon !
    Great recipe !

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  24. Oh, gosh, I have to make these soon! SO yummy!

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  25. Wow, these look good. Now I am just trying to decide if the recipe would work with vegetarian "bacon." I just might have to give it a try and find out! :)

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