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Make-Ahead Green Bean Bundles with Bacon

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Make-Ahead Green Bean Bundles with Bacon: A Convenient & Elegant Holiday or Weeknight Side Dish

If you’re seeking a sophisticated yet convenient side dish for your holiday feast or weeknight dinner, look no further. Our Make-Ahead Green Bean Bundles with Bacon are a delicious vegetable dish, offering both sweet and savory flavors.

Make-Ahead Options

Here’s how to prep them in order to save time:

1. Wrap Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Freeze:

  • Take fresh green beans and wrap them in a halved raw bacon strip.
    • any type of bean will work — haricot verts are a quaint choice
    • either blanch the beans or leave fresh
    • use canned green beans if you like, but make sure they are whole and not halved so the bacon will wrap around them
  • Secure the bundles with a toothpick.
  • Place the bundles on a baking sheet and freeze them.
  • Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag for storage until you’re ready to assemble the dish.
photo of blanched green beans wrapped in bacon on sheet pan ready to freeze

2. Preparing Green Bean Bundle Dish in Advance:

  • The day before you plan to serve the dish, arrange the green bean bundles in a baking dish.
  • Prepare a delectable brown sugar and garlic braising liquid to drizzle over the bundles.
  • Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate overnight.
photo of frozen bacon wrapped green beans in a labeled freezer bag

3. Quick & Easy Baking:

  • On the day you’re ready to enjoy, preheat your oven.
  • Uncover the baking dish and bake the green bean bundles until they are tender and the bacon is beautifully caramelized.
  • In a convection oven, this takes around 15-20 minutes at 375°F. For a conventional oven, set it at 400°F.

The result? Make-Ahead Green Bean Bundles with Bacon that are perfect for busy times. The make-ahead aspect allows you to plan and prepare in advance, reducing last-minute cooking stress. They make a splendid side dish for the holidays or a delightful addition to your regular weeknight meals. And these will also reheat quickly in the oven.

Enjoy the Recipe

Find the full recipe card below to create this flavorful, make-ahead side dish. It’s the ideal solution for meal planning without compromising on taste or elegance. Whether it’s a holiday celebration or an everyday dinner, these green bean bundles will be a hit at your table.

closeup photo of cooked green bean bundles

Green Bean Bundles with Bacon

These Green Bean Bundles wrapped in bacon and braised in a sweet garlic liquid are easy to prepare in advance. They're perfect for holidays and weeknight dinners alike, and the make-ahead options reduce last-minute cooking stress.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: comfort, freezer meal, holiday, vegetable
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: juiceofsevenlemons

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh green beans trimmed
  • 1 lb of bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth bouillon or salted water okay substitutions
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

Prepare the Bundles:

  • Bundle 8-10 green beans and wrap a half slice of bacon around them.
  • Secure with a toothpick.
  • (MAKE-AHEAD OPTION) Place the bundles on a baking sheet and freeze until firm; once frozen, remove the toothpick and transfer them to a freezer bag for storage.

Braising Liquid

  • In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, minced garlic, broth and salt.
  • Heat over low until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is well combined.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Arrange the green bean bundles in a 13×9 inch baking dish (if frozen, no need to defrost).
  • Drizzle the brown sugar and garlic braising liquid over the bundles.
  • (MAKE-AHEAD OPTION for day before) Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight.

Baking

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F for convection or 400°F for a conventional oven.
  • Remove the toothpicks from the frozen bundles.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes (20-25 for conventional) or until the green beans are tender and the bacon is golden brown.
  • To reheat cooled dish, bake for 10-15 minutes at 350°F.

Notes

  • Make-ahead convenience: The freezing step allows you to prepare these bundles in advance. You can also prepare the dish the day before.
  • Green Beans: you can use fresh, frozen, or canned green beans in this dish. Fresh/frozen Haricots Verts are our favorite bean choice.
  • Bacon: Thick or thin bacon works, but thick bacon will take longer to turn golden brown, so we typically choose a thinner bacon.
  • Remove toothpicks before baking/serving: It’s important to remove the toothpicks to avoid accidents while serving.
  • Versatile side: These green bean bundles make an elegant side dish for holiday gatherings and can also enhance your regular weeknight dinners. Enjoy!

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