Green Beans + Bacon = Bundle of Deliciousness
My gang has grown tired of having the same ole’ meals night after night and I've grown tired of hearing them grumble about it.
Enter… our PLAN
So, my Daughter-in-Law and I came up with a plan to liven up suppertime. We decided to find/make at least 2-3 new recipes each week and to step out of the “Normal Boring” dishes (as our men call them) and into some “Fun and Creative” meals.
We are compiling a list of new menu ideas and using a star rating of 1-5 (5 being highest). As we go along, I plan to share with you some of the new recipes we try and highlight a few of the sites/blogs. Our guys are even getting in on the action, they are critiquing each masterpiece and providing feedback for any changes the next time we make it. You should hear them talk about the dish - It is soooo hilarious!
First on our List…
Green Bean Bacon Bundles is the first new veggie side dish we made. I found this recipe a while back on Pinterest, and I knew it would be a winner with our guys. Guess What… I was right (imagine that)! The grown ups loved it and even our 2 yr. old grandson cleaned his plate! We pared it with some delicious Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops and I used some of the glaze as garnish in my picture (above).
Not only did we give this recipe a collective 5 Stars…
we also gave Jessica at How Sweet It Is a 5 Star rating!!
When I originally checked out the recipe link (before I pinned it), I found myself glued to her site exploring everything. She has a beautiful website and some fantastic recipes. We have already made three other recipes from her site and so far so good!
Green Bean Bacon Bundles (adapted from How Sweet It Is)
The best part about this veggie dish is you can easily adjust the servings to meet your needs. To feed the four of us (4 + toddler) we only made seven (7) bundles and adjusted the brown sugar bath accordingly. The original recipe makes 10 –12 bundles so you may want to refer to her recipe for exact ingredient measurements.
Fresh Green Beans – (1/2 pound’ish) washed and trimmed
Bacon Slices – One slice for each bundle
1 generous Tablespoon Butter
1/2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 clove of Garlic – minced
Salt & Pepper – to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and spray 13 x 9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a saucepan over low heat melt butter then add brown sugar and garlic. Stir until combined – keep warm.
Take prepared green beans and bundle together 6-8 green beans (depends on the size on how many you get in a 1/2 lb.). Wrap a piece of bacon around each bundle and place seam side down in prepared baking dish.
Brush butter mixture over top of each bundle and Salt / Pepper to taste.
Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10-15 minutes , just until bacon gets crispy.
** The bacon did not get as crispy as I would have liked, so next time I will place under broiler for a few minutes to crisp bacon.
Serve immediately (best if served hot).
Doesn’t this look scrumptious?
This really was a snap to make and was so good. I promise you the flavors were perfect together and it looks so handsome on the plate.
What about you? Have you been looking for new recipe ideas to liven up your nightly dinners? Let’s hear about them!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did and stay tuned for another new recipe tasting next week. Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time…
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