Here’s the thing. You can wrap pretty much anything in bacon and cover it in butter and sugar, and it will be good. I know that. You know that. And these green beans? Prove that.
Strangely enough, my child – who will eat pretty much any fruit or vegetable – refused to eat a little bundle of bacon-wrapped green beans. That worked out well, though, because it left more for the grown-ups.
Seriously, though – who turns down what is essentially vegetable candy?!
We had friends over for dinner on Saturday night, and you know how I am. I consider dinner guests my guinea pigs for new recipes. I’m happy to say that exactly 50 percent of my attempted new dishes turned out great.
[Don’t ask about the banana cream pie cupcakes. They did NOT live up to my Pinterest-inspired dreams.]
My friend Kelly is sweet enough that, as I told her, I knew she wouldn’t mind if she saw my kitchen in its “natural state.” In other words, it was a bit of a disaster. Nevertheless, I felt the need to distract her from my messiness with some fancy veggies.
Yes. I’m saying that fancy = wrapped in bacon.
I didn’t really need to be fancy. You don’t need to for real friends, right? We had a great time visiting with our friends (and the girls – Annalyn and their 5-year-old daughter only erupted into tears and pouting once the whole night). And they were kind enough to say as many nice things about the failed cupcakes as they did the amazing green beans.
This dish took longer than opening up a can of green beans and nuking them in the microwave, of course. But it really didn’t take that long. Snapping the ends off the beans was annoying (but partially just because I’m used to just opening up a can . . .). Wrapping them up in bacon and the rest wasn’t hard – or all that time-consuming – at all.
Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans
1-2 lbs. fresh green beans
8-12 slices bacon
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Snap the ends off your beans and wash them thoroughly. Lightly salt and pepper them. Cut your bacon slices into thirds or halves (depending on the size of bundles you want – or, if you’re like me, the ratio of bacon to bean you want), then wrap around a few beans. I found that a third wrapped around about four beans easily, while a half could hold six or so. Place bundles on a greased baking sheet (or a foil-lined and greased baking sheet, if you want an easier clean-up).
In a small sauce pan, melt butter and add brown sugar and garlic powder. (You don’t have to add the garlic powder. I saw recipes that called for more, recipes that called for none, and recipes that called for other ingredients altogether. This is what I did. And it was good.) Brush the melted mixture of goodness over your bean bundles. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
What is your favorite bacon-wrapped food?
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