Green Bean Bundles are a classic Thanksgiving side dish that everyone is going to fall in love with!
My first taste of green bean bundles came about 6 years ago at a women's luncheon I attended. These things are delicious! They are wrapped in bacon and make a beautiful side dish for your holiday table.
They are also festive and make a great appetizer as well if you don't want to use them as a side item.
However, I am serving them alongside my taters and gravy this year for Thanksgiving!
How to Make Green Bean Bundles
The first thing you are going to do is to blanch your green beans in a boiling water bath. This helps them to get tender so that the marinade that comes next really gets into those beautiful greens.
Next, marinate the green beans in a mix of butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper.
You will find that the marinade really clings to the beans so that when you go to wrap them in the bacon, all your spices and such stick to them.
After the beans have marinated, simply wrap them in bacon and then bake them in the oven for the perfect, delectable side dish.
You can add about 7-8 beans in each bundle. Any bigger and your bacon doesn't wrap as well around the beans.
You can use toothpicks to hold them together, but I just did mine seam-side down and it worked perfectly without the toothpicks.
Now, bake in a 400-degree oven until the bacon is crispy and cooked through. I usually bake mine in a 9×13 oven-safe dish. It works perfectly.
The beans will be so very tender and have amazing flavor from that delicious marinade that you seasoned them with.
Also — just do everything in one pan. That way, your marinade continues to cook into the beans giving it the perfect flavor combination.
In our home we have several Thanksgiving traditions that we want to pass down on to our kids — and that includes the love of cooking and family.
I love to serve this side dish along with my yummy Hashbrown Casserole. It is THE ultimate Thanksgiving meal. Together with these green bean bundles – you cannot go wrong.
This recipe is the perfect side dish for any Thanksgiving meal. In fact, I think I might even make this for Christmas too!
Looking for other delicious side dishes? Check these out
- Everything Bagel Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Southern Fried Apples
- Brown Butter Honey Roasted Garlic Carrots
- 2 pounds of green beans, trimmed
- 8 tablespoons of butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon of dry mustard powder
- 3/4 teaspoon of Worchestershire sauce
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 10 slices of bacon
- Fill a large pot with water and add get the water to boiling. Add the green beans and cook for 3 minutes.
- Remove the green beans from the water and dry them off well with a paper towel or cloth. Place the beans in the 9x13 dish.
- In a small saucepan, melt together the butter, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worchestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Once it is melted, stir it all together and drizzle over the beans.
- Using your hands, toss the beans to make sure everything gets covered well.
- Cover the pan with some plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, or you can leave it overnight as well.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees when you are ready to cook them.
- Using the same 9x13 pan, wrap 8 green beans with a piece of bacon. You can secure it with a toothpick if you want, but I just put mine seam side down.
- Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, flip the beans and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the bacon has crisped up.
- Serve with your favorite meat for the perfect side dish.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g