Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
A great way to fix green beans, one of my favorite vegetables. These can be prepared using French-style green beans, frozen or canned, as a substitute. Just be sure to skip the blanching step of the recipe.
- 2 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1⁄2 lb bacon, cut in half crosswise
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- In large saucepan, combine beans and water to cover.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes; drain; plunge beans into ice water to stop the cooking process and drain again.
- Wrap about 5 beans in 1 slice bacon.
- Place seam side down on prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat process with remaining beans and bacon.
- In small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder and butter.
- Spoon mixture over green bean bundles.
- Bake 30-40 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.
- Serve immediately.
Tasty! Great combo of sweet with a tad of spicy - perfect combination. I have made another form of the bundles before and incorporated a slice of red pepper with each green bean bundle to give colour. I used 3/4 cup agave nectar in place of brown sugar to prevent my glucose from going through the roof and only a couple tablespoons of melted butter. Agave is sweeter than brown sugar and typically I use .75 to 1 for sweetness consistency (aka 3/4 cup to one cup). I was worried about a whole tablespoon of chili powder, but my guest encouraged me to go for it as I was mixing it up before putting in the oven. Did not disappoint. Perfect combo of kick balanced with the sweetness of the agave. The agave nectar substitution worked perfectly with no ill effects to the recipe. Very tasty dish and the added red pepper slice with each bundle gave a bit of colour. I can't remember if I photographed, but will post if I did. Great recipe Lainey.
We liked this a lot but would severely cut down the sugar next time as it was a little too on the sweet side for our tastes. The chili was a nice edition and we used fresh green beans so this was tasty. Please see my Rating System: 4 lovely stars for a quick and easy recipe that went down well on a week night. Thanks!
ABSOLUTELY! Another great way to serve up green beans, especially when they're fresh! I did cut the recipe in half & reduced the amount of chili powder that I used, but other than that . . . Definitely want to keep this recipe around! Many thanks! [Made for one of my adoptees in this Spring's PAC]