Makes a delicious side or appetizer! Sweet and sour garlic butter sauce is drizzled over crispy bacon-wrapped green bean bundles.
1 pound green beans with the ends snapped off (buy or pick about 1 1/2 pounds so you’ll have 1 pound after the beans’ ends have been snapped)
8 slices regular or thin cut sliced bacon
3 tablespoon real butter (no substitutions!)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon finely minced red onion
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
Wash and snap the ends off. Discard any sickly looking, overly skinny, limp, or yucky-looking beans.
When the water is boiling, briefly boil (blanch) the beans for 2-3 minutes or until you start hearing a popping noise and the beans have turned bright green. Quickly drain and rinse in cold water until the beans have cooled.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
On a cookie sheet, divide the green beans evenly into 8 piles. Carefully bundle each pile of beans with one slice of bacon and return to the baking sheet. This step can be done up to a day ahead of time.
When the oven is ready, place the pan in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and sizzling. While the bundles are in the oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. When the butter is bubbly, add in the onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are softened and fragrant. Reduce heat to low and add in vinegar, sugar, and salt. Remove from heat and set aside.
When ready to serve, place bean bundles on a serving platter and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.
Green beans can be blanched ahead of time. You can wrap the bundles in bacon ahead of time as well, and store, covered, in the fridge until baking time.