I love to serve these deliciously fresh green bean-bacon bundles in place of a bowl of green beans because the presentation says “WOW” and the flavor is amazing!
The fresh green beans, wrapped in the smokiness of the bacon and the slightly sweet allspice/brown sugar juice, takes this side dish to a whole other level.
Choose beans that have a bright color without brown or soft spots and choose beans that are approximately the same size. Trim the bean ends and wash thoroughly.
Fresh Green Bean-Bacon Bundles
- 12 oz. fresh green beans
- 7 slices regular bacon (or can use applewood smoked)
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt (divided)
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
Preheat oven to 400F. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake the bacon for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.
Place the green beans in a large saucepan and add water just to cover the beans. Add 1/2 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat to medium high and cook for 10 minutes.
Drain the bean water into a separate bowl (for later use) and put the green beans in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Take the green beans out of the ice bath and put them onto several paper towels to drain. Separate them into 14 bundles with 5 green beans in each bundle.
Cut each bacon slice in half and wrap 1/2 slice around 1 green bean bundle and place them into a large pyrex baking dish. Do the same with the remaining bacon slices and green bean bundles.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, black pepper and allspice over the green bean bundles.
In a clean bowl, measure 1 cup of the warm green bean juice and add the brown sugar; stir to dissolve. Pour the juice mixture evenly over the green bean bundles.
Bake in the 400F oven for 20 minutes and then turn the broiler on for 3-5 minutes to crisp up the bacon.
Take them out of the oven and immediately spoon the juices over each green bean bundle.
Carefully place them on a serving plate and serve warm.
If your looking for a side dish that will impress your guest, give these delicious fresh green bean-bacon bundles a try!