Since I posted my Thanksgiving Menu, I’ve had a lot of requests for this recipe. It is so easy but looks impressive. A good alternative to the “green bean casserole.” A favorite of kids and adults alike.
- 1½ lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and blanched
- 8 bacon slices, cut in half
- 1 stick salted butter, melted
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- In a large nonstick 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. (Sometimes I skip this step for time. The bacon will bake with the beans.)
- Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and let cool, then cut each slice in half crosswise.
- Divide the green beans into equal portions, about 6 beans each.
- Gather each bundle into a neat bunch and wrap a half slice of bacon around the center.
- Place the bundles on the baking lined with parchment paper or a lightly greased baking dish with the loose ends of the bacon underneath.
- Melt the butter with the garlic and mix with the brown sugar.
- Drizzle the butter brown sugar mixture over each bundle
- Roast until the bacon is cooked through and browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- Serves 8 to 10.
ps – If you’ve not blanched green beans before, just bring a pot of water to a boil, place the beans in for about 5 minutes (until they turn bright green). Remove from heat and drain the beans. Voila! (Let cool slightly before making the bundles so you don’t burn your fingers!)
image via Pinterest/Williams Sonoma