Another hit from The Pastry Queen, these green bean bundles are so fun and delicious! Who doesn't want their food wrapped in bacon? They were a festive addition to our New Year's Day spread. The marinade gives the beans a great flavor, and as the bacon cooks, the beans absorb that delicious salty, smoky flavor. They are perfect to make ahead and just bake off while you prepare the more labor intensive dishes of your meal. These would also be great served as an appetizer on a buffet.
Seriously, The Pastry Queen is quickly moving up the ranks as one of my favorite chefs. I have yet to make anything that wasn't absolutely delightful, and I'm looking forward to working my way through her cookbooks!
Green Bean Bundles
adapted from The Pastry Queen Christmas, by Rebecca Rather
yields 6-8 servings
- 1 1/2 lbs green beans, washed and trimmed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 ounces of bacon, each piece cut in half width-wise
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic, mustard, salt, and brown sugar. Pour the mixture over the green beans, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375. Gather 8-9 beans at a time and make bundles. Wrap with a slice of the (halved) bacon, and lie seam-side down in a greased baking sheet or casserole dish. Pour remaining marinade over the top.
Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and the beans look wrinkled. Cook under the broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes to crisp the bacon even more, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.