Green Bean Bundles are my new favorite party food/special holiday recipe? What makes this recipe special? Bacon. While bacon can make almost anything special, when you add some brown sugar to it, this will send you into a new level.
Crispy bacon wraps tender young green beans and there is a sweet, buttery, tangy sauce that is poured over these while they cook. I swear, I think these should be my newest party food. I love these like a party food. What I like about this recipe is that you don’t have to be exact in the measurements, so go with what you have.
Green Bean Bundles
Every time I see a recipe with lots of bacon I am reminded of a story. I had just brought my former fiancee home to meet my mother and step-father for one of the first times. Michael apparently loved liver and onions, a food I can’t stand. My Mom was thrilled that Michael said he loved liver and onions. Now the way my Mom makes liver and onions is about equal amounts of liver, onions, and well bacon. I think Michael was amazed at the amount of bacon that went into my Mom’s liver and onions.
My Mom described how she made her liver and onions, I am guessing in the world of liver and onions her food is particularly good, I am not a fan. She went to the part about where she added the bacon, and told Michael how much bacon she added, you know “some bacon, a pound of bacon, it just adds something”. Michael looked at me and winked, “yeah, that little something is a pound of bacon. It just adds a little something extra.”
Green Bean Bundles
Green beans never taste so good! Fresh green beans are wrapped with bacon and a special butter sauce is poured over them.
- 1 pound french style green beans - you can use regular, but get the thinnest and youngest green beans you can find
- 1/2 pound bacon slice in half
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash green beans and carefully lay them on a paper towel and place them in the microwave to steam for about 90 seconds. In a large skillet saute bacon until it is almost done, undercook the bacon, you will finish cooking the bacon in the oven.
Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, and mix until the butter and brown sugar has blended.
Take about 5 to 6 green beans and bundle them together by wrapping one piece of bacon around the green beans. Secure bacon with a toothpick, and place into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Repeat until you run out of green beans or bacon.
Drizzle a couple of teaspoons of the seasoned butter over each green bean bundle. Bake green bean bundles until the bacon is crisp. Browning of the bacon should take about 10 - 15 minutes. Before serving, drizzle the remaining sauce over the bacon bundles.