Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Green Bean Bundles

So much has happened since I last posted a recipe.  The biggest one being that we moved to Texas.  Yes, that's right, y'all.  We moved out of Oregon and into Texas, and we are loving it.  Now we just need to buy some cowboy hats and boots and we are set.  We really have enjoyed our first three weeks of being here.  We are especially glad that we found a great rental considering that we were homeless for 3 weeks, livin' in a van down by the river.  (Okay, maybe we weren't living in a van, but it is still nice to have a house to live in.)  Side note:  Speaking of vans...we did purchase a mini-van.  Never thought I'd own one of those, but I have to say.  It's awesome!

I'm sure you'll all get to hear more about life in Texas and maybe even get a few Tex Mex recipes, but for now, here's my favorite new way to eat green beans.  So scrumptious!  And would y'all take a look at that bacon!  Doesn't bacon make everything better?  That it does! 

Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

1 pound green beans with the ends snapped off
8 slices bacon
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
a pinch of pepper

1.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. 

2.  If you're using fresh green beans (which I recommend), wash and snap the ends off.  Discard any sickly looking, overly skinny, or limp beans.

3.  When the water is boiling, briefly boil (blanch) the beans for 2-3 minutes or until you start hearing a popping noise and the beans have turned bright green.  Quickly drain and rinse the beans in cold water until they have cooled. 

4.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. 

5.  On a cookie sheet, divide the green beans evenly into 8 piles.  Carefully wrap each pile of beans with one slice bacon and return to the baking sheet. 

6.  Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and sizzling. 

7.  While the bundles are in the oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat in a small saucepan.  When the butter is bubbly, add in the onions and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are softened and fragrant.  Reduce heat to low and add in vinegar, sugar, and salt.  Remove from heat and set aside. 

8.  When ready to serve, place bean bundles on a serving platter and drizzle with sauce.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Source:  Our Best Bites Cookbook


Chelsea said...

Looks yummy! Glad to hear Texas is treating you right. We miss you!

Meaghan Luby said...

yum, those do look like some great bundles of food...

as per always, love your page. thank you for keeping things interesting and sharing with us!


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