For the bundles
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 large onion, sliced thinly
- 8 slices bacon
- 1/2 Pound green beans
For the bundles
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion until golden or golden brown, depending on your preference. Set aside.
Lay the bacon strips out on a large baking sheet and bake for 3 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and wrap 5-6 green beans and some sautéed onions in each strip. On the same baking sheet, put these bundles back in the oven for 20 more minutes.
Calories Per Serving285
Folate equivalent (total)20µg5%
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles Recipe
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Ready for the quick little bite that is both healthy and tasty? Bacon wrapped green beans are it! Green bean bundles wrapped in bacon brown sugar are a little crunchy, a little salty, and a little sweet – they’ve got everything going for them. When you get tired of plain roasted green beans (which are still totally delicious!) or just want them in appetizer form, make these fun bundles of green beans with bacon instead.
Is there a combo better than green beans and bacon? Or bacon and any vegetable for that matter? No matter what your favorite veggie is, I’ve got a low carb bacon recipe to go with it: brussels sprout casserole, Southern fried cabbage, kale and brussels sprouts salad, bacon cheeseburger soup… and more!
What else does bacon pair super well with? Brown sugar! But since I try to avoid sugar, I’m excited to share that these bacon wrapped green beans work perfectly with Besti Brown Sugar Replacement instead. It has the same flavor and moisture as brown sugar, is naturally sweetened and naturally flavored, all with zero sugar and no aftertaste. You’re going to love it, whether you’re low carb or simply cutting down on sugar a bit.
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- cooking spray
- 1 (12 ounce) package thin-sliced smoked maple bacon, cut in 1/2
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook uncovered until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain.
Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until almost browned but flimsy, and not yet crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Wrap 8 to 10 green beans with bacon and place into the prepared dish. Repeat with remaining green beans and bacon.
Combine butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and garlic in a bowl. Pour over green bean bundles. Cover with aluminum foil and marinate in the refrigerator, 2 hours to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bake green bean bundles in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until bacon is crispy, about 15 minutes more.
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
These Bacon Wrapped Green Beans are a fun spin on one of my favourite side dish combinations, bacon and green beans. They look fancy but are incredibly easy to prepare and perfect for weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party. They are Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Whole30 and Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal.
Green beans and bacon is one of my go to side dish combinations that serve for both weeknight dinners and dinner parties. While a big bowl of green beans is great, wrapping them in bacon adds a touch of elegance and makes them look fancy (when they are really not!). These would be a wonderful addition to a Thanksgiving spread, and also a great side dish to make in advance and bring to a potluck or party.
Why you are going to love these bacon wrapped green beans…
- They are so pretty: Rather than serving a big bowl of green beans as a side dish, these bundles add a nice touch of elegance.
- Great as a side dish or appetizer: These green bean bundles work well as a side dish or fun appetizer/finger food that guests can pick up and eat with their hands.
- Really easy to prepare: These bacon wrapped green beans couldn’t be any easier to prepare and come together in less than 30 minutes.
- A great make ahead dish: you can prep these bundles a day in advance and simply pop them in the oven before serving.
Tips for making these green bean bundles…
- Toss the beans in the sauce: Tossing the beans in the oil and vinegar before wrapping them in bacon will ensure that the flavours are all the way through rather than just at the ends.
- Wrapping the beans: Don’t cut the bacon too short, you want to ensure that the strips overlap by at least an inch because the bacon shrinks and contracts as it cooks. Once you have wrapped the bundles, be sure to place them seam side down so that they don’t unravel as they cook.
- Cook them on a wire rack: Cooking the bundles on a wire rack will help the air circulate underneath which will help the bacon on the underside crisp up rather than become soggy.
Ways to switch these up…
- Not a fan of green beans? Swap them for asparagus! I would recommend bundling 4-5 spears together depending on their thickness. Alternatively you could do a combination of green beans and asparagus in each bundle.
- Use prosciutto in place of bacon: wrap the green beans in 2 slices of prosciutto. The prosciutto will cook faster than bacon so I recommend tossing the green beans in the olive oil and balsamic and baking them in the oven for 10 minutes, before arranging them in bundles and wrapping in the prosciutto to cook for another 10 minutes. This will help to ensure that the green beans are cooked through and the prosciutto doesn’t burn.
- Use turkey bacon to make them pork free!
Can I make these green bean bundles in advance?
This is a great side dish to prep in advance. You can wrap the green bean bundles in bacon up to 2 days in advance. Then all you need to do is brush the bundles in the oil and vinegar before cooking.
Here are a few more easy side dishes recipes that you might enjoy…
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To complete your holiday dinner, I would suggest pairing this green bean side dish with Parmesan Herb Duchess Potatoes, Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Mushrooms, Reverse-Sear Beef Tenderloin, and my Very Best Bread Pudding for dessert!
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Sandra’s Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
This is a Christmas dinner staple on my husband’s side of the family. They are so good and easy I try to sneak them in a few other times a year. They are even better if you make the bean mixture the night before and allow them to marinate overnight.
- 2 cans (14 Oz. Size) Whole Green Beans
- 2 teaspoons Mustard Powder
- ¾ cups Brown Sugar
- 1 pound Bacon
2. Mix beans, mustard powder, and brown sugar together.
3. Allow to sit overnight or continue to step 4.
4. Wrap handfuls of green beans with a strip of bacon that has been cut in half and place in a casserole dish.
5. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until bacon is done. Sometimes setting to broil at the very end will help crisp bacon up.
***If multiplying this recipe use smaller proportions of brown sugar to cans of beans. The mixture can become very sweet very quickly. Taste as you go, adding accordingly.
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Nanci (TK) on 9.24.2010
I sent you a message about this yesterday. These sound great but before we can post it, we need for you to go into the ingredients list and specify the size of the cans of beans and the amount of bacon that you use for this recipe. We appreciate your help.
When done, click ‘make recipe visible’ and ‘save’ and we’ll get this posted.
Amberwing223 on 12.9.2009
Delicious! They got RAVE reviews at Thanksgiving and a Christmas party!
Mac9506 on 10.8.2009
LOVED these! OMG! My husband & I couldn’t stop eating them!
Blueskies on 9.5.2009
These are delicious! The perfect combo between sweet and salty! I didn’t think it could get better than fresh green beans from the garden, but with this recipe it did. If you use fresh beans, just boil them till tender and pick up with the recipe as if they’re canned.
Beagle on 8.27.2009
I can wholeheartedly give these a 5 star rating!
We make a very similar recipe in our family. Our difference is we don’t marinate – we use fresh or frozen long/whole green beans, blanch the beans, wrap them in bacon, cook them. About 5 min before they come out of the oven I put a “plop” of Durkee’s Mustard on each one. DELICIOUS! Link for Durkees is here – http://www.durkee.com/homeuse/spices-famous-sauce.php
No matter how you do them, you can never go wrong with bacon and green beans! YUM!
Green Bean Bundles With Bacon Vinaigrette
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
In a large Dutch oven, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and boil until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain, and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking.
Wrap 5 or 6 green beans with 1 carrot ribbon. Place seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining green beans and carrot ribbons.
In a large skillet, cook the bacon pieces over medium heat until crispy. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels set aside. Reserve 3 tablespoons bacon drippings in a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the brown sugar and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and cook for 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the olive oil. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the hot mixture evenly over the green bean bundles. Bake until green beans are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon before serving.
Green Bean Bacon Wrapped Bundles
Green beans and bacon go so well together! I’ve been seeing these little bundles all over the internet lately but I wasn’t too interested in them because the recipes I saw had them covered in brown sugar. While I am sure that would taste good, they obviously wouldn’t be that great for us. I decided to do my own version of these little bundles without the brown sugar. They smelled fantastic while they baked, looked great when I served them, and tasted wonderful. We all, kids included, loved these little bundles. I served these green beans with some roasted chicken drumsticks and Scalloped Potatoes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray.
Wash the green beans (I used haricot verts) then place them on a plate. Drizzle with the olive oil then season with garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste toss to coat evenly. Cut the slices in half then wrap 10 or so green beans with half a piece of bacon then place seam side down in the baking dish.
Side Note: Haricot verts are very small and thin – if you use regular green beans, you will use fewer in each bundle and will probably need to cook them a little longer.
Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy and green beans are crisp tender. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Enjoy.
How to Make 5-Ingredient Green Bean Bacon Bundles
Let's be honest. With the exception of green bean casserole, green beans don't get a lot of love on Thanksgiving. We thought they needed a makeover. We thought: Bacon! They need bacon. So to the google we went searching and landed on this delicious dish from How Sweet It Is. Think of these little bundles like an early Christmas present, all wrapped up with a bow made of pork. Is there any better gift?
&bull 1 lb green beans, washed and dried
&bull 10 to 12 slices thick-cut bacon
&bull 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400°F and spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Season green beans with salt and pepper. Bundle 5 to 7 beans together and wrap around the center with a slice of bacon. Place bundles seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining beans and bacon.
3. In a small saucepan over low heat, add butter, brown sugar, and garlic. Whisk until melted and sugar is dissolved. Brush mixture all over the bundles. Cover dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 to 20 minutes more, until bacon is crispy.
Recipe via from How Sweet It Is, whose photos look even yummier than ours!
Bacon green bean bundles
Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles. Tender crisp green beans wrapped in bacon and brushed with a simple brown sugar glaze.
Trim the ends of the green beans. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Place the green beans in the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Drain and put the green beans in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Pat the green beans dry. In a small bowl mix together the garlic salt, butter, brown sugar, and pepper. Pour the butter mixture over the green beans and toss to coat.
Wrap 6-8 green beans with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place the green bean bundles on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.