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Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

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Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles make an impressive and elegant side dish for special dinners and are made with just three ingredients! Even though they require take a little prep time, you won’t believe how easy these bacon wrapped green beans are to make!

The secret is blanching the green beans before roasting and partially cooking the bacon before assembling the bundles. Other green bean bundle recipes are tied with chives or wrapped in prosciutto, but I think bacon makes the best wrapped green beans!

The third ingredient for this side dish is a Catalina or Honey French bottled salad dressing and it makes this simple recipe absolutely delicious!

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles on white serving tray

Traditional Southern style green beans with bacon

I spent many Summers breaking (snapping) bushels of green beans — which I’d helped pick from our garden — with my grandmother under the shade trees in our front yard.

We were preparing the beans for canning, of course, but we’d always save some so that we could cook a “mess” of beans for supper.

My grandmother would simmer the green beans with a piece or two of thick bacon or salted fatback for a couple of hours, until they were good and tender.

I can almost smell those beans cooking now and hear my Mamaw chatting and laughing about the latest family news. We didn’t gossip, of course, so it was just news. 😉

As for those beans, it was the bacon, of course, that made them taste so very good!

blanched green beans wrapped in bacon with a toothpick

Making Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles with fresh green beans:

  1. Wash and drain the green beans, snipping off the tips. Blanch the green beans in a large pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes or until bright green in color.
  2. Drain the beans and rinse in cold water to stop from cooking. Dry the beans with a paper towel to make them easier to assemble.
  3. Partially cooking the bacon before rolling the bundles will cut down on the baking time. Do not cook until crisp or you won’t be able to wrap the bundles! To do this, lay the bacon slices on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Cut each bacon slice in two pieces, then wrap around a bundle of 5-7 whole green beans and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Place the green bean bundles in a glass baking sheet and drizzle with the dressing, being sure to coat the bacon. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Bake the bundles at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes, turning midway through, until the bacon is crispy.
green beans wrapped in bacon with toothpicks in baking dish

How many green beans should I buy to make this recipe?

Three bundles of bacon wrapped green beans make a good individual serving, although I could probably eat several more!

When I made these green beans, I used one-half pound of beans which made 12 bundles with 5-7 whole green beans each (four servings).

cooked green bean bundles wrapped in bacon in glass dish

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Yield: 4 servings

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles on white serving tray

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles, an elegant side dish for special dinners, are made with just three ingredients! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans
  • 6 slices thin-sliced bacon
  • 1/2 cup honey French salad dressing
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Partially cook bacon by lying slices on a rimmed baking sheet and baking for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels.
  2. In the meantime, rinse green beans and snip off the ends. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the beans. Blanch the beans for 3-5 minutes until they turn a bring green. Drain the beans and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  3. Divide the beans into bundles of 5-7 beans each. Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap one-half around a bean bundle, securing with a toothpick, and place in a glass baking dish.
  4. Drizzle the bundles with the dressing, coating the bacon, and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes, turning midway through, until the bacon is crispy. Remove from the baking dish to a serving platter and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 7g

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Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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Denise Browning

Friday 14th of February 2020

These bacon and green bean bundles look so tasty!

Crystal Saunders

Friday 18th of October 2019

My mother has been making these as long as I can remember and of course now I make them too and have passed them on to my daughters. Always a family favorite and usually a delightful surprise for anyone trying them for the first time. Love love love green bean bundles and you can even use canned whole green beans in a pinch.

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