Green Bean Bundles wrapped in delicious bacon, and drizzled with a fantastic soy sauce, brown sugar and butter sauce, the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. It's quick to make, but big on flavours, and a huge hit with everyone.
With the biggest holidays of the year just round the corner, it is time we started thinking of delicious menus to impress the loved ones. I know, it has been such a weird year, and things are far from being what we would classify as normal, but let's hope that at least we can enjoy a lovely meal with our families, if not with friends and larger crowds.
Green beans - these lovely veggies so underrated and only used in a very few classic dishes, with the green bean casserole being the most popular one. But there is so much more you can cook with them, and I absolutely love pretty much anything that has green beans in.
My daughter is a big fan of a simple green bean stew, and it's one dish I know she would never refuse, no matter what. I love how simple recipes can be so delicious, and with such little effort.
Take these lovely green bean bundles, they are dead easy to make, but are so flavourful, and so impressive. It's amazing how some simple greens can be transformed into a spectacular starter with just a few easy ingredients. Let's see how to make them!
- fresh green beans
- smoked streaky bacon rashes - bacon strips
- melted salted butter
- soy sauce
- dark brown sugar
Step-by-step photos and instructions
As promised, it's super simple. I used fresh green beans, but frozen ones would also do - just make sure they are tender, and they can be used the same way.
- trim and rinse the green beans in cold water
- bring a pan of salted water to the boil, and add the green beans
- boil for 5 minutes or until tender
NOTE! Some green beans cook faster than others, so might need a lot less time to cook, just check them after 3 minutes and see if you are happy with the texture.
- when ready, drain the water and rinse them again with cold water
- preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit)
- arrange the streaky bacon rashes on a baking tray, and bake for 5 minutes or until lightly cooked and have a light colour still
- roll one bacon rash around 3 green beans, making sure they are not too loose
- repeat with the other green beans
- to make the sauce, mix the melted butter with soy sauce and brown sugar, and drizzle it all over the bundles
- bake for a further 15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy
These bacon-wrapped green bean bundles are so tasty, inexpensive and impressive too. And that lovely soy sauce really adds great flavours to them. The sauce is quick and easy to make, and you can add any other ingredients you like to it: honey, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic, you name it.
Also, you can add any other vegetables to: asparagus, peppers cut julienne, carrot sticks or any other root veggies that have already been cooked and are tender.
Cooking from scratch is so simple, anyone can do it! Green beans are so versatile, and can make great appetizers, mains or side dishes. My Last-Minute Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic has always been a big hit with my family, and I highly recommend it. What a treat!
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Green Bean Bundles
- 21 fresh green beans
- 7 smoked streaky bacon rashes (bacon strips)
- 1 tablespoon melted salted butter
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- Trim the green beans and rinse them with cold water.
- Bring a pot of salted water to the boil, add the green beans and boil for 5 minutes or until just tender.
- Drain the water, rinse them again with cold water, and set aside.
- Arrange the bacon rashes on baking tray, and bake them in the preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit) for 5 minutes.
- Wrap 3 green beans with a bacon rash, and carefully arrange the bundle on the baking tray.
- Repeat with the remaining greens and bacon.
- To make the sauce, mix the melted butter, soy sauce and sugar, and drizzle it all over the bundles.
- Bake for a further 15 minutes or until the bacon is nice and crispy.