Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

4 servings

Updated: Jul. 26, 2023
Fresh green beans are wrapped in bacon and covered in a sweet sauce in this fast and simple side dish. Every time I take these bacon-wrapped green beans to a luncheon or family dinner, people beg me for the recipe. —Julie Hewitt, Union Mills, Indiana
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound fresh green beans
  • 4 bacon strips
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon soy sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until cooked but not crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove to paper towels.
  2. Drain beans; place about 12 beans on each bacon strip. Wrap bacon around beans and secure with a toothpick. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, garlic salt and soy sauce; brush over bundles. Bake until bacon is crisp, 10-15 minutes.
Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans Tips

Do you have to blanch the green beans before wrapping in bacon?

While it’s not strictly necessary to blanch green beans before wrapping them in bacon, we do recommend it. Blanching vegetables partially cooks them, making them tender while still maintaining some crunch. If you typically prefer crispier green beans in green bean recipes, you can skip the blanching step and wrap the bacon around raw green beans.

What's the best cut of bacon to use for wrapped green beans?

We use thin-sliced bacon when making bacon-wrapped recipes like wrapped green beans. Thin-cut bacon is one of the easiest types of bacon to work with when wrapping vegetables, and it also cooks quickly so the beans don’t become mushy or overcooked. As a bonus, it crisps up more efficiently, creating a better overall texture.

Can you prep bacon-wrapped green beans ahead of time?

To prep bacon-wrapped green beans ahead of time, blanch the beans and wrap them with bacon, securing the bundles with a toothpick. Once assembled, cover the bundles and refrigerate for up to 5 days. When you’re ready to cook, brush each bundle with the garlic-sugar butter and pop them into a preheated oven.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 bundle: 196 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 355mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.