Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

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This is an elegant-yet-easy side dish that even works to prep ahead of time. Fresh green beans are wrapped in bacon, roasted in the oven, and drizzled with a mouth watering buttery glaze. These Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles make a perfect appetizer or side dish! 

Green beans wrapped in bacon

Ingredient Notes

  • Green Beans – Use fresh (not frozen or canned) green beans here. You will need 1 pound of beans after the ends have been snapped off, so go for a little over 1 pound when you’re buying them at the store.  I am using french style green beans here. 
  • Bacon – Get regular sliced bacon, not thin cut.
  • Rice Vinegar – You can find rice vinegar by the other vinegar and condiments in your grocery store, or near the Asian foods section. “Seasoned” or “unseasoned” is fine.

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

1   Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. 

2. Wash and snap the ends off your green beans. 

3. When the water is boiling, briefly boil (blanch) the beans for 2 minutes . Quickly drain and rinse in cold water until the beans have cooled. You can also plunge in a bowl of ice water.

4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a parchment or foil-lined cookie sheet, divide the green beans evenly into 8-10 piles and wrap each one with a slice of bacon.  Place on baking sheet with ends of bacon on the bottom.

*This step can be done up to a day ahead of time.

green beans wrapped in bacon slices

5. 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.

cooked green beans with bacon

6. 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.

7. When ready to serve, place bean bundles on a serving platter and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.

bacon green bean bundles drizzled with sa

 
These are perfectly paired with most meats particularly Asian- or American steakhouse-style meals.
 
 

FAQs

Can I make these ahead of time? Feel free to blanch your beans up to a day ahead of time. You can even wrap your green bean bundles with bacon a day ahead of time and store, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to bake. The sauce is best prepared right before serving. 

 

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Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

5 from 2 votes
Makes a delicious side or appetizer! Sweet and sour garlic butter sauce is drizzled over crispy bacon-wrapped green bean bundles.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings8 -10 Bundles

Ingredients

  • 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 snapped8 slices regular or thin cut sliced bacon3 tablespoon real butter (no substitutions!)1 tablespoon rice vinegar1 tablespoon white sugar1 tablespoon finely minced red onion1 clove minced garlic1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • 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.

Notes

Prep ahead:
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.
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Questions & Reviews

  1. I just made these for a Sunday dinner for guests and… they are fabulous! To be quite frank, I was a tad unsure about the sauce with vinegar in it but since I happened to have some rice vinegar in my cabinet decided to make it exactly like you said. Oh my. Oh MY. When I caught a whiff of the fragrance of the sauce I knew it was going to be phenomenal. I loved it, my guests loved it and I am delighted to have two servings left for my husband and me tomorrow. This is a great recipe! Thank you!

  2. I was just going to make garlic green beans for Thanksgiving, but I ran across this and I have everything so I am making them instead! : ) I am so excited for that sauce! MMMM

  3. Heidi, as long as the frozen beans are on the long side, you could totally do it! 🙂 Just boil them for a minute or two longer.

  4. I loved the other green bean recipe you posted and my husband who doesn't eat green beans ate it, so I am definetly going to have to give this a try!

  5. These sound delicious! I bet these would be delicious wrapped in prosciutto, too!

  6. Yum, maybe even my husband will eat green beans if I wrap them in bacon. Everything tastes better with bacon.

  7. Those look sinfully delicious. See, now I'm gonna HAVE to try them, especially considering our beans are going crazy.

  8. Those look so cute. I'm going to have to try this instead of just throwing the bacon in with the green beans. Thanks for the idea!

  9. That looks great…my kids love green beans so it's always nice to have a new way of cooking them. I think it looks yummy paired with the bacon and the sauce sounds wonderful.

  10. I never knew just how good fresh green beans could be until I had them with bacon. And almond slivers give them a nice crunch. Anyway, this looks super fancy – great for when you have guests over for dinner.

  11. Those look so yummy!
    One of our go-to sides growing up was green beans with crumbled bacon and almond slivers.

  12. While I am normally not a bacon lover, pregnancy seems to have changed that aspect of my pallet. So yeah, these look divine!

  13. mmmmmm…. Those look so yummy!! I may have to make them when my in-laws come to town tomorrow!!

  14. My green beans are just starting to grow so in a week or two these are on the menu. And as my Bro. in law would say," everything tastes better with bacon."