These crispy green bean and bacon bundles are simple and quick to prepare, made with minimal ingredients, and delicious.
Getting kids to eat their vegetables is a challenge for most parents, even me. That’s why, when I came across this recipe for green bean bacon bundles, I was all about it. My kids love bacon, so the combination of the two had to be a winner.
I made modifications from other recipes that combine bacon and green beans to keep it simple, and healthier. I’m a busy mom, and as much as I’d love to spend hours in the kitchen, I simply don’t have the time. These bundles are made with French sty;e green beans, bacon, olive oil and garlic. That’s it. And, let me tell you, they are delicious.
How To Make Green Bean Bacon Bundles
Start by preheating the oven to 400°. I use a 9X13 baking dish, but you can also use a baking sheet. Spray your dish with non-stick spray.
Rinse the green beans and lay them in a single payer on a towel to make sure they are dry. I used frozen French beans for this recipe but fresh cut beans would work great, too.
Each bundle gets wrapped with ½ slice of bacon. You can use a whole slice, but the nutrition facts that I share for this recipe are for ½ slice. Bundle together ~10 long green beans, then wrap the bacon slice around the center of the green beans. Stretch the bacon so that it wraps the entire way around the bundle at least one time. Lay the bundle bacon seam slide down in the baking dish to hold it together.
Repeat with the remaining beans, until you have 6 total bundles. You can make fewer bundles based on how many servings you want.
Mix the olive oil and the minced garlic together in a small dish, then lightly brush each bundle with the mixture. The bacon will add a salty flavor but you can also sprinkle with salt and pepper, as desired.
Cover the dish with foil and bake for ~40 minutes. The baking time will vary based on the thickness of the green beans, so I suggest checking them after ~30 minutes. You want to remove the foil when the green beans can be punctured with a fork, but the fork does not easily slip out. Once they reach that point, keep the foil off and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
The best part of these bundles is their crispy texture. They are best right out of the oven, so I suggest preparing only the amount that you need for your meal or occasion. If you do have extras that you want to re-heat, I suggest warming them in a toaster oven.
Give them a try, and let me know what you think!
Green Bean and Bacon Bundles
- 60 long Frozen French Green Beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic (I used jarred garlic)
- 3 slices raw bacon, cut in half to make 6 pieces
- Preheat oven to 400. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick spray
- Rinse green beans and lay them in a single payer on a towel to make sure they are thoroughly dry. Cut each piece of raw bacon in half, so that you have 6 pieces.
- Bundle together ~10 long green beans. Wrap ½ slice bacon around the center of the green beans (it’s ok to stretch the bacon). Lay the bundle bacon seam slide down in the baking dish to hold it together.
- Repeat with the remaining beans, making 6 total bundles. You can make more bundles based on how many servings you have.
- Mix the olive oil and the minced garlic together in a small dish. Lightly brush each bundle with the mixture. The bacon will add a salty flavor but you can also sprinkle with pepper, as desired.
- Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes. Cooking time will vary based on the thickness of the beans. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
- Recipe Makes: 6 servings
- Serving Size: 1 bundle
- Nutrition Facts (per serving): 100 calories, 4 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 8 g fat, 2g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 3 g protein, 95 mg sodium, 6% DV iron, 4% DV potassium, 2% DV calcium
- Meal Planning Serving Sizes: 0 CHO; 0 PRO; 1.5 FAT
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