Green Bean Bundles
Fresh green beans wrapped in bacon, drizzled with garlic butter and brown sugar, then roasted until the beans are tender and the bacon is crisp.
- 8 thick-cut bacon slices
- 1 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans trimmed and blanched
- 6 T. unsalted butter melted
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 c. light brown sugar firmly packed OR swerve brown sugar
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside.
- Working in batches, carefully lower trimmed green beans into the boiling water, boil 2-4 minutes, drain and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and pat dry.
- In a large nonstick fry pan over medium heat, cook the bacon in batches until the slices are just beginning to brown along the edges. It should be soft not crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and let cool, then cut each slice in half crosswise.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, salt and garlic.
- Divide the green beans into 16 equal portions, about 5-6 beans each. Gather each portion into a neat bunch and wrap a half slice of bacon around the center to hold the beans together, secure with a toothpick.
- Place the bundles on the prepared baking sheet with the loose ends of the bacon underneath. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bundles and drizzle with the butter mixture.
- Roast until the bacon is cooked through and browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the green bean bundles to a warmed platter and serve immediately.