Green Bean Bundles
Bottes de haricots verts avec bacon is what a fancy restaurant calls these, but at home they’re green bean bundles. This is the green vegetable for our holiday menu and we dress them up for the occasion. They taste wonderful and they look gorgeous!
The humble green bean is a favorite vegetable and something we have in common with the rest of humanity. The on-line ranking community thinks highly of it, but it can’t compete against the #1 potato, so we serve both.
Jack Spriggins famously used beans when he hatched his plan to recover the family’s golden goose. He traded the family cow for magic pole beans so he could climb above the clouds to the giant’s castle. Consider how this story would end if he had chosen green beans instead!
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We tie these together with real bacon, adding flavor and color. With prime rib and luscious mashed potatoes they make a beautiful plate. We pretend it’s a healthy side, but honestly with the sugar, bacon and butter they might not qualify. Hey, it’s once a year. I call that moderation.
- 1 lb fresh green beans – ends trimmed and strings removed
- 1 stick butter – melted
- 7–8 strips of bacon – each slice cut in half
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Grease a 9″ X 13″ baking dish with butter
- Make the bundles by wrapping 7 green beans with a half strip of bacon, secure them with a toothpick and place them in the baking dish
- Melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar, then pour the mixture evenly over the bundles
- Sprinkle with garlic salt
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake 45 minutes
- Uncover, raise the temp to 375 and bake an additional 20-25 minutes until the bacon is browned on top