Savory, Not Sweet Green Bean BundlesWhen holidays come around, we all tend to take the little extra step, the extra effort in preparing foods for our loved ones. Taking ordinary ingredients, like green beans, and making it into a dish that is little special, a bit more fancied up.
I've had my share of green bean bundles and it seems the favorite to many is a taste of the brown sugar addition. Now don't get me wrong, I love our sugar cane derived brown sugar. But not with green beans and bacon, or at least, not this time. This recipe is one I tinkered with to bring out the southern flavors of the bacon along with our love of the bay leaf. It's a bit more savory than the brown sugar version, has more taste to it, marries well on the palate, or at least I think. Enjoy!
Southern Green Bean BundlesMakes 8 bundles
1 pound fresh, whole green beans
8 slices smoked bacon
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp garlic and parsley blend
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground bay leaf or thyme
freshly cracked peppercorns
Wash and remove ends of green beans. Blanch in salted boiling water until crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
Partially precook bacon on a small baking pan in preheated 350 degree F oven. Place slices of bacon on paper towel, reserve bacon grease in the pan. Dust the top with a mixture of the flour, garlic and onion powders and the ground bay leaf, using about half of the mixture. Give a good coating of pepper.
Increase oven to 400 degrees F.
Place green beans onto the baking pan and roll around to coat with the grease. Lightly sprinkle with the remaining flour mixture. Divide green beans into 8 bundles. Wrap bacon around each bundle with the seasoned side of the bacon on the outside.
Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Remove and serve warm.