Need a new take on green beans in your rotation?
Green Bean Bundles are super easy to pull together. They can be used as a go-to element in a hectic weeknight meal, or work just as well as part of a special dinner.
BONUS – This is a dish that even young kids can help to prepare.
If I can get my kids in the kitchen helping me…not only do I get help, but I also get some updates about what is going on in their lives as they are doing the work. It is a win-win! I have boys. They are known for not saying much. Sharing happens in the nooks and crannies of life. Now that they are getting older, I no longer have carpool to facilitate my eavesdropping. If I can get them to share a bit of small talk during a task, I learn about how they are really doing. Nothing warms my heart more as a mom.
Trust me when I say that the bacon lures them in!
Everything is better with bacon, right?
These beans also come together quickly. I recommend them for fancier dinners as well. They are delicious, look as good as they taste; not to mention are easy to pull together without adding any logistical hassle to your overall prep.
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Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
These are super easy to prepare - and even the most veggie-adverse kids will eat them.
- 2 pounds Green Beans Thin French beans are best
- 1 pound Bacon raw, sliced into thin strips
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Wash and trim the green beans. [Shortcut: buy French green beans that are pre-washed and have had the stem-end trimmed.] NOTE: If you use Blue Lake (large) green beans, blanch them before making them into bundles.
Cut strips of bacon in half (to make them shorter), then in half again (lengthwise this time) to create narrow strips.
Make bundles by spiral-wrapping the bacon around 'small handfuls' of beans. Use about 5 French beans (or 3 Blue Lake beans) per bundle.
Lay the bacon-wrapped bean bundles on a jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet covered with foil). You are going to want edges on your pan to contain the bacon fat. Sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Also add a bit of salt and pepper.
Bake at 375 degrees until done - about 15 minutes.
Don't stress about the specific quantities on this one! I almost didn't put them in. It really doesn't matter. Grab some beans, wrap with bacon, sprinkle with sugar, salt and pepper. Bake a few minutes to cook the bacon. That's it.