May 14, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

This delicious side dish was created by a local friend, Julie Ahrens. The green beans were tender and the combination of the crispy bacon, sweet brown sugar and the touch of soy make this one a keeper. The recipe below yields 10-12 servings. Enjoy!

1. Have your ice bath ready to go. If you wait until the green beans are done blanching, you may end up over boiling them while you scramble to get it ready.
2. These bundles make a great vegetable for a main course or could be used as a formal appetizer.

1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
8 bacon strips, cut in half and cooked but not crisp
6 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp soy sauce

1. Preheat over to 400 degrees F.
2. Heat a large post of salted water to a rolling boil.
3. Place green beans in pot and cook for 3-5 minutes.

4. Remove the beans from the pot with a strainer and place them in ice water. Drain.

5. Place about 8-10 beans on each bacon strip.
6. Wrap bacon around beans and secure with a toothpick.
7. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

8. In a small bowl, combine butter, sugar, garlic salt and soy sauce.

9. Brush generously over bundles.

10. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crisp and beans reach desired tenderness.

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