Getting kids to eat their vegetables is a challenge for most parents, even me. That’s why when I came across this recipe for green bean bacon bundles, I was all about it. I perused the options on Pinterest for a recipe that fit my cooking style- simple, healthy and uses minimal ingredients. It’s not that I’m afraid of long ingredient lists; I’m a busy mom. As much as I’d love to spend hours in the kitchen, I simply don’t have the time. I made a few adaptations to other recipes I found and presto, simple & healthier green bean bacon bundles were born.
I used frozen French beans for this recipe but I’m sure fresh beans would also taste amazing. I suggest preparing only the amount that you need for your occasion. Part of what made these bundles so great is their crispy texture, and that will be lost if you re-heated. I hope you enjoy!
~60 long frozen French green beans
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic (I used the jar garlic)
3 slices of raw bacon, cut in half to make 6 pieces
Preheat oven to 400. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick spray
Rinse green beans and lay them in a single payer on a towel to make sure they are thoroughly dry. Bundle together ~10 long green beans. Wrap ½ slice bacon around the center of the green beans (it’s ok to stretch the bacon). Lay the bundle bacon seam slide down in the baking dish to hold it together. Repeat with the remaining beans, making 6 total bundles. You can make more bundles based on how many servings you have.
Mix the olive oil and the minced garlic together in a small dish. Lightly brush each bundle with the mixture. The bacon will add a salty flavor but you can also sprinkle with salt and pepper, as desired.
Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
Makes: 6 green bean bundles