Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar

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Thanksgiving is 2.5 weeks away and I don’t understand how that’s possible.  Weren’t we just talking about the fourth of July and seeing kids’ first day of school pictures on Facebook? Plus, I’m pretty sure everyone has PTSD from last winter’s awful weather. So here we sit with bated breath, unsure whether we should be happy the holidays are approaching or terrified of the winter that might come along with them.

Ready or not, they’re coming. Tis the season where you can bribe your kid to be good because Santa is watching.

We’re  headed to my inlaws’ for Thanksgiving, so I’m off the hook for cooking, but as I made these, I thought they’d make a great Thanksgiving side. I am certainly no stranger to cooking green beans with bacon (thank goodness) but this method makes for a nicer presentation and is also pretty easy to prep.

Although the original recipe calls for frying the bacon until it is “just beginning to brown around the edges but still very underdone” I really see no reason you can’t leave the bacon raw before baking. I had the bacon on the stove for such a short amount of time that I basically just warmed it, so next time I’ll probably just skip that step entirely (the benefit, though, was that we had these with roasted pork tenderloin and I was able to sear the tenderloin in the bacon fat :-D). And while I’m at skipping steps, I honestly don’t think you need to blanch the beans either. Don’t worry – if you ever need someone to condone your step-skipping or laziness, I am here for you because I am you.

 

Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar

  • I skip cooking steps all the time, so I appreciate the solidarity! And seriously, I am SO anxious about the winter….fingers crossed that it’s at least slightly milder than last year!

  • Special. Flat out special. Simple too. I like it.

  • That looks so good. Maybe use a toothpick to spear the loose ends together and top with a pearl onion? I love green beans and onions as a combo.

    • elly

      Ooh, good idea!

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  • Simple and delicious 🙂