Have any love to spare? These bundles need it.

Remember when I made those strawberry lemonade cupcakes? The cupcakes that I treated like dirt? The cupcakes that I felt were undeserving of my love? And my chew? The cupcakes that I just wasn’t into?

 

These came out of my kitchen that same day. Weeks ago. Days ago. 850 years ago. What decade is it?

 

I must not have been feeling the kitchen that day. Sometimes I love it, other days I loathe it. Some days my breads rise, my cupcakes fluff and my chicken caramelizes. Others my cake sinks, my garlic bread burns, my steak tastes like rubber and my broccoli… well, my broccoli dies. In the crisper drawer. Like always.

 

[I just learn to move on. Because in the grand scheme of things, broccoli is disgusting. Always. Always, always, always.]

No idea what was going on that day. I baked. Things worked. I ate. Lots. I walked 6 miles. Developed the worst blisters I’ve ever had in my life. Consoled myself with ice cream. Watched Father of the Bride. Twice.

 

Ate bacon. Bacon! How can a day with bacon be… blah?!

 

Weeks ago, a lovely reader named Laura sent me this recipe. Hi Laura! For some odd reason… she thought this had my name all over it. I have no idea why. Bacon. Butter. Bacon. Butter.

 

No idea.

Made them. Loved them! Adapted the recipe just slightly. Fresh green beans. Less butter. More broiling. Took weeeeeks to share them with you. Maybe because they sort of look like spiders? That’s got to be what you’re thinking. Right? I know it is. Because I know you. Me and you? We’re likethis.

 

Which means you will love these. They are green bean fries meets crispy bacon meets brown sugar garlic bath. Don’t say no.

Green Bean Bacon Bundles

makes about 10-12 bundles

1 pound fresh green beans

10-12 slices of thick-cut bacon

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Wash and thoroughly dry green beans, then season with salt and pepper. Bundle together about 5-8 green beans – this will depend on your size of beans and the amount of beans you get for one pound. Bundle together as many as you’d like! Using a slice of bacon, wrap it around the center of the beans to hold it together. Lay the bundle bacon seam side down in the baking dish to hold it together. Repeat with remaining beans.

Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Add butter, brown sugar and garlic and whisk until melted and combined. Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture over top of each green bean bundle. Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10-15 minutes more, just until bacon gets crispy.

Bacon for life!

 

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184 Responses to “Green Bean Bacon Bundles.”

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    Three-Cookies — June 10, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    Nice twist to bacon wrapped asparagus. Green bean bacon sounds almost poetic!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 10, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    Hey! these look delicious!

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    Blog is the New Black — June 10, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    They look like spiders. I die.

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — June 10, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    These are a perfect side dish and I really love that they are bundled for easy serving! Yum!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 10, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    yep, these are perfect. i am making them this weekend…done and done!

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    jenna laughs — June 10, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    I love that you wrap vegetables in bacon and that’s how it gets you through the day. I totally understand. And I’m glad you included a link to your strawberry lemonade cupcakes – they are so pretty!

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 7:31 am

      Thanks!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — June 10, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    Father of the Bride! Good choice. And the bacon wraps are nice, too.

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    Riss — June 10, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Can you hear my tummy growling. Throw some scrambled eggs in there and a fat slice of texas toast and let’s call this breakfast!!!

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 7:31 am

      Ooooh I like the way you think.

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    Karin — June 10, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Hey, that’s how my mom used to make green beans. It’s so lovely indeed. And I kinda like broccoli. Does that make me weird? ;-)

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 7:30 am

      Yes. But I still love you.

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    Melissa — June 10, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Oh.Em.Gee,. As soon as I read the title and saw the first picture, I was in love! :)

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    Melissa — June 10, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    I will be making these as soon as humanly possible. I just saw another green bean french fry recipe yesterday, but these kill it. Mmmmm . . . bacon.

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    Marisa — June 10, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    this look scrumptious. They remind me of asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. These would go great with Bacon wrapped scallops…or bacon wrapped venison medallions. It’s 7:30 and I know want dinner. This is going to be a long day!

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    • Michelle — June 10th, 2011 @ 8:56 am

      Adopted Giada’s recipe for roasting asparagus, then wrapping in prosciutto. Yum! It makes a great appetizer.

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — June 10, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    Ever since you mentioned that they look like spiders — all I can imagine are spiders putting on halloween costumes that look like green bean bacon bundles. I think I need to go back to bed.

    These look great though!!!

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    Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet — June 10, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Green bean fries….Mmmmm. Maybe this will be how I get my dad to eat more veggies.

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — June 10, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    They DO kind of look like spiders! Tasty spiders…

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    Lisa — June 10, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    I love how your write, you make me smile! (spiders or not) I am down with this recipe.. it sounds delicious!
    Take care,
    Lisa

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — June 10, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Your photos, Jessica, are just so beautiful! Congrats on how far you’ve come in the past few years with your photography!! :)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 10, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    They do look like spiders, but tasty ones! Laura was right – this recipe does have your name all over it!

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    Kim in MD — June 10, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Oh my gosh…green bean fries wrapped in bacon? I want this for breakfast this morning (even if they do look like spiders)!

    I am going to e-mail you my favorite broccoli recipe, Jessica. I think it will change the way you feel about broccoli! :-)

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    Amy — June 10, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Goodness. … Not sure I’ve ever craved green beans like this before ;)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 10, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    I think this is how veggies are supposed to be made!

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    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — June 10, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Beautiful! I love green vegetables so much! My little three year old sister and I are always fighting for the last green bean or piece of broccoli. Is this normal?
    And I don’t think I’ll ever understand your relationship with broccoli. It makes me sad.

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    Molly @ RDexposed — June 10, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    You are so naughty!! In 2 hours I will be discouraging this kind of thing! hahaha

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — June 10, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I will not eat these Sam I Am, but they are darn pretty!

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    Allison @ Novice Life — June 10, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Yum! Pretty soon we’ll have beans out the wazoo in our garden and I will need different ideas on how to prepare! Thanks for sharing.

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    Monica — June 10, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Omigoat! These look so delicious! I got excited when I saw this recipe because I just bought fresh green beans. Then I realized I don’t have any bacon! *cries*

    I am going to make this though, it’s just looks too good not too!!

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    Michelle — June 10, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    I would use haricot verts as I’m not crazy about regular green beans. Wrapping in bacon might make them work for me, though.

    Ever had a bacon bloody mary? They make great ones at Frank’s in ATX.

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    Shugary Sweet — June 10, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    First, I am impressed that you ate them (did you know there is a vegetable under the bacon)? Second, OMG they look so delicious! Thanks for sharing, totally making them soon! Well, as soon as my garden gives me fresh green beans (next month maybe?).
    Aimee

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    Gen — June 10, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    Yummy!!!!!!!! Bacon makes everything taste better! :D

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    Jordana R — June 10, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    Unfortunately they do look a bit like spiders, and I HATEEEE spiders!! But I love green beans. My FIL has been growing them in his garden, so we have been getting them fresh, and they are so delicious. I will have to try this, if I can get past the spider-esque look! :)

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    Jordan P @ food, sweat, and beers — June 10, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    The only way these could get better……

    No. Wait. There isn’t a way.

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food — June 10, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    how bout bacon wrapped bacon, what you tinky? ;) hehe

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

      I like.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — June 10, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    These look fantastic. The bacon is so perfectly crisped! I bet it would be great around asparagus too…or anything for that matter.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story — June 10, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    So, I just have to say that I made those undeserving strawberry-lemon cupcakes and absolutely LOVED them. In fact, they’re kind of my new favorite dessert. (I did add a lot more lemon zest and fresh strawberries to the batter and frosting). Anyway, I think you were unknowingly on a roll that day – and bet I’d love these bacon bundles also.

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

      Yay! I am so glad you like them Emily!

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    Colleen — June 10, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    such decadence!

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio — June 10, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    I’m pretty sure this is the ONLY way I could get my boyfriend to eat green beans!

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    Ashley — June 10, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    That last shot is fab!!! I used to do this with asparagus…yummmers :)

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    DessertForTwo — June 10, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    These are so darn cute! I can’t wait to make ‘em for a barbecue :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Robin — June 10, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    You are to bacon as Paula Deen is to Butter! Yummy!! :)

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

      Hahahahaha!

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    Tiff @ Babes and Kids — June 10, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    I’m a follower on stumbleupon and was just looking at some of your shares. Holy YUM. This is definitely one that I’m going to have to make. Your photography is just stunning too.

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

      Thank you Tiff! :)

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    Angie Walker — June 10, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    A friend of mine made these not to long ago and posted the pictures to Facebook. No recipe, just pictures. They look so good!! Now that you were willing to share, I can now make them. MMMM, good!!

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    Erica — June 10, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    I’m not showing my husband your blog ever again….he’ll just get more and more angry that I don’t like bacon ;) I agree with some of the other commenters- these are totally pretty! A great entertaining dish for sure

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    Heather — June 10, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Bacon wrapped anything is my favorite. Except chocolate. I still haven’t jumped on the chocolate covered bacon bandwagon.

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

      Oh… you must.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 10, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Thos crisp little bundles look so good! Father of the Bride is my all time favorite movie. Gotta love Martin Short. “The keeeck!”

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

      LOVE it!

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    Nicole — June 10, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    These have been a favorite at my house the last few years for Christmas dinner. I first saw them in The Pastry Queen cookbook. Every year I buy more beans and they still go quickly. So good.

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

      Good to know!

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    Kacy — June 10, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Even though I don’t like bacon, those are just too cute. I’d eat them just for the cuteness.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — June 10, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    These are so cute! I love how we get our own little serving :)

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    Cait's Plate — June 10, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Oh my goodness – those looks AMAZING!! My boyfriend would love me forever if I made those for him! Haha. I think I’ll have to get to it :)

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    Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] — June 10, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    This is torture! I can’t find real bacon in France…except for at McDonalds. Kill me!

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    • Jessica — June 10th, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

      Ugh. Oh man.

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    Alli — June 10, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    loving that last photo. what a beautiful and tasty side. YUM!

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