Green Bean Bundles. Thank you Paula Deen for this recipe! And muchos gracias to my friend Leslie for telling me about these. She made these for a family holiday gathering and as she described the dish to me my mind hung on the words "wrapped in bacon..." I have no idea what she said after that phrase.
How bad could it be? And could you even screw this up? Wrap _______ (insert disgusting thing here) in bacon and I'd probably like it.
Start with beautiful fresh green beans. I can't believe how well these posed for photos. The first thing I did was snip the ugly ends off the green beans.
I gave the bacon a head start by placing them in a 350 oven on a wire bakers cooling rack so the grease could fall off and the bacon wouldn't sit in the grease. I just want to bake them for a short bit so the bacon would be a tad cooked and also easier to handle when warm.
Blanch the green beans by boiling a large pot of water and adding the fresh beans for just a few minutes.
Then remove with a slotted spoon and dunk in a bowl full of chilled water - I even added a few ice cubes to the water to stop the cooking process.
Shake the green beans dry a little and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil.
The last step is to take one piece of bacon and wrap a "bundle" of about 5 beans. I placed seam side down on a wire rack set in a baking sheet.
Super easy to put together, minimal ingredients, beautiful vegetable side dish - and one that TASTE great too.