There is a saying…everything’s better with BACON! This may be so this week, since we have Green Beans wrapped in Bacon. This tasty side dish takes very little planing and can be made with either frozen green beans or fresh. We used frozen since it was kind of a last minute decision here. It’s a combination of microwaved or steamed green beans, cooked bacon, and baking for about 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. It’s fairly quick, and there were no leftovers which, in our house, is a good indication they were enjoyed.
The thing that you want to be mindful of is that this recipe works best with longer green beans, so you can get a good wrap them. Also, don’t over cook the bacon, it needs to be a little under cooked, so you can wrap it around the bean bundle.
So you ready? let’s go.
Green Beans wrapped in Bacon for Man Food Mondays
- 1 to 2 lbs long green beans, fresh or frozen
- 1 lb sliced bacon
- bacon grease (from frying the bacon)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Steam the green beans until tender, but not done and set a side. IF you are using frozen beans place them in a casserole dish with about 1 cup of water and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Check the beans, and if they are not far enough along, microwave in short duration's until they are.
- Fry the bacon in small batches making sure that you do not fry it crispy, the bacon needs to be able to be wrapped around the bean bundles. Set the cooked bacon on a paper towel, as it gets done, to drain the excess bacon grease.
- You will take small bundles of the steamed green beans, about 6 to 8 beans in each bundle, then wrap one piece of bacon around one green bean bundle.
- Place each bundle in a rectangular casserole dish and drizzle about 2 tablespoons of the leftover bacon grease on top.
- Salt and pepper then bake at 350° for 20 minutes. This will finish cooking the bacon.
- Check for doneness and serve.
Courses side dish
This is a relatively painless, to make side dish. The bacon is a great addition to the green beans, and you may have folks fighting over that last one just for that strip of bacon. 🙂 I served this with pork chops in a shallot gravy with mashed potatoes and a salad. Yummy.
Have fun with this one,and let me know how it goes when you make it.