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When garden goodies start popping, one of the most plentiful and easiest to cook with is green beans. A new way to use fresh green beans is to wrap them in bacon and pop them in the oven for a little while. The beans cook nicely and don't turn to mush and of course, bacon adds the flavor. These little packets are quite tasty, just be careful to not let the glaze over cook and caramelize. This is a nice little side dish and new twist on a garden classic.
Green Bean Bacon Bundles
1/2 lb. fresh green beans
5-6 slices of thick-cut bacon
2 T. butter
1 T. brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
sprinkle of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
Wash green beans and then season with salt and pepper. Bundle together about 5-8 green beans – depending on size of beans and the amount per pound.
Using a slice of bacon, wrap it around the center of the beans to hold them together. Lay the bundle seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining beans.
In a small saucepan over low heat, add butter, brown sugar and garlic. Stir until melted and combined. Pour over each green bean bundle.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes more, just until bacon gets crispy.
Makes about 5-6 bundles. Serves 3-4.