Friday, November 16, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

We love bacon in this house.  And green beans, so you can imagine how much these are adored by our family.  We plan on making them for Thanksgiving this year, too, instead of the green bean casserole.  They would be great for any occasion, though!

{What you need}
1 lb. fresh green beans
10-12 slices bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400.  Spray 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray (you can put in a rack, too, if you don't want the beans baking in the bacon grease).  Wash and thoroughly dry green beans, then season with salt and pepper.  Bundle together about 5-8 green beans, depending on the size of your beans and the amount of beans you get for one pound.  Bundle together as many as you like!  Using a slice of bacon, wrap it around the center of the beans to hold it together.  Lay the bundle of bacon seam side down in the baking dish to hold it together.  Repeat with remaining beans.  In a small saucepan over low heat, add butter, brown sugar, and garlic and whisk until melted and combined.  Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture over top of each green bean bundle.  Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 35 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for 20-25 more minutes more, until bacon gets crispy (you may need to broil them for a few minutes).  

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