If this isn’t the cutest addition to a holiday table or buffet, then I don’t know what is.  Simply blanched green beans are wrapped with par-cooked bacon, then brushed with a orange and brown sugar glaze and baked until the beans are tender and the bacon is crispy.  The result is individually portioned bundles of green beans that are easy to serve, easy to make ahead, and very celebratory to look at.  They kind of look like little gift wrapped string beans!

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

If you want to partially cook the bacon ahead of time you can.  Store it in the fridge for up to three days.  Bring it to room temperature before wrapping the green bean bundles. 

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans: Tender green beans are all wrapped up with a band of crispy bacon and brushed with a sweet and savory glaze. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time you want to show off a little!

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How to Make Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cook the bacon in a pan or in the oven  until it is soft and starting to cook through, but still very pliable.  Transfer the bacon to the paper towel lined plate and let rest until cool enough to handle.  Leave the oven on.   

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the green beans and cook for about 3 minutes until crisp tender.  Drain and run them under cool water in the colander to stop the cooking.  Pat them dry with a clean dishtowel. Gather groups of 10 to 12 green beans, lining them up fairly evenly. Wrap each bundle with a strip of partially cooked bacon.  

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Place each bundle in a baking dish large enough to hold all 12 or so bundles with an inch or so between each bundle, or use two baking dishes.  

In a small saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, then add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds until it becomes fragrant and begins to color.  Then stir in the brown sugar, orange juice.  Let it come to a simmer for about 3 minutes, stirring often.  Brush the green bean and bacon bundles with the sauce.  Grind some pepper over the bundles.  

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Bake until the bacon is crispy and the beans are tender, about 15 minutes.  Serve hot or warm.

You can make the green beans up to a couple of days ahead of time and store them in the fridge, tightly covered.  Bring to room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.  Once the green bean bundles are baked, you can store leftovers in the fridge for a couple of days,  They are best reheated in a 375 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes before serving to re-crisp the bacon.  Bring them to room temperature before reheating.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

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Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Tender green beans are all wrapped up with a band of crispy bacon and brushed with a sweet and savory glaze. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time you want to show off a little!
Yield: 12 People
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 pounds thin green beans or haricot verts , trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon very finely minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a plate with paper towels. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Place the bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake the bacon for about 12 minutes until it is soft and starting to cook through, but still very pliable. Transfer the bacon to the paper towel lined plate and let rest until cool enough to handle. Leave the oven on. (You can also cook the bacon in a pan).
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for about 3 minutes until crisp tender. Drain and run them under cool water in the colander to stop the cooking. Pat them dry with a clean dishtowel.
  • Gather groups of 10 to 12 green beans, lining them up fairly evenly. Wrap each bundle with a strip of partially cooked bacon. Place each bundle in a baking dish large enough to hold all 12 or so bundles with an inch or so between each bundle, or use two baking dishes.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, then add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds until it becomes fragrant and begins to color. Then stir in the brown sugar, orange juice. Let it come to a simmer for about 3 minutes, stirring often.
  • Brush the green bean and bacon bundles with the sauce. Grind some pepper over the bundles. (They can sit at room temp for a couple of hours, or be covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.) Bake until the bacon is crispy, about 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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