Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans with a Side of Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Really, you can't get any easier that that.
Bacon !

Even though you do not really need a recipe for this, HERE is where I got inspired from.
Give them a try and enjoy !
They are really tasty and you do not need more that 2 bundles per person in my opinion.
Paired with cheesy mashed potatoes were perfect.

4 handfuls of green beans
4 slices of bacon
3 TBSP butter
1 TBSP vinegar or lemon juice
1 TBSP white sugar
1/4 to 1/2 medium onion, finely minced/diced
1 medium-large minced garlic clove
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 cups water
a dash of salt for the water (you might even go up to 1/2 teaspoon salt)
some ice cubes

a large bowl

Bring the water with the dash of salt to a boil and drop the washed and trimmed green beans.
Ideally you need to use fresh ones, but this is what I had - frozen.

They worked out perfectly.
Preheat the oven to 425 F and get your pan ready.
When the water starts to boil, drop the green beans in and let them cook for 4 to 5 minutes from the moment they start to boil(which should not take more than 2 minutes from the moment you put them in the pot).
In a large bowl place the ice and a few cups of water then using a slotted spoon scoop the green beans and drop immediately into the ice bath.

This will not only shock the beans and stop the cooking process, but it will also keep them looking bright green and yummy.

While the beans are cooling, take the bacon out and lay it on your work surface - a cutting board or a large plate.

The cold green beans should look like this.

Divide the pile into bundles.

Place the green beans bundle at the end of the bacon slice and start rolling.

When all the beans are rolled in bacon, place in the prepared pan

and cook for 15 to 25 minutes, or until the bacon begins to crisp.

While the beans are cooking, make the sauce by mixing all the other ingredients and when the beans are done, pour the sauce over.

The sauce wag good, but you can omit it. You can see a little bit of the onion here.

Give this a try !


  1. vegetables wrapped in fat and even sprinkled with sugar... That's the way to get me to eat my veggies! I make these on teh grill, didn't know about the ice cube trick, thanks! Works great with asparagus too

  2. Oh, yes, the asparagus you have as a blog template header. I'll have to try that myself !