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Bacon Wrapped Green Beans are an elegant side dish made with just three simple ingredients, plus salt and pepper. A beautiful addition to your holiday table and easy enough to enjoy all year long.
Though these little bundles look like they'd be complicated to make, they come together easily. They'll be ready to serve in just over 30 minutes, including prep time.
Ingredients You Need to Make Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
- Bacon: use thin bacon, not thick cut bacon)
- Green Beans: ideally thin, French green beans (haricot verts)
- Olive Oil: extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Parcels of tender green beans wrapped in crispy bacon are a welcome addition to almost any meal, but there are a few secrets to getting them right every time.
- It's important to partially cook the bacon slices in the oven before wrapping the bundles of green beans. This ensures that the bacon gets perfectly crispy without overcooking the green beans.
- Steaming the green beans before roasting helps them maintain their vibrant green color. Blanching is also an option, but steaming doesn't require draining or patting them dry before tossing in olive oil and seasoning.
- Roasting on an oven safe rack in a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet helps the green bean bundles to brown evenly and minimizes clean up time.
It's best to cook them in an oven preheated to 425˚F on an oven safe rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet for even browning.
After you've partially cooked the bacon slices and blanched or steamed the green beans, they'll roast for 15-18 minutes at 425˚F.
Yes! You can partially cook the bacon and green beans and assemble the bundles then refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Very convenient for holiday meals!
Try These Other Vegetable Side Dish Recipes
- Grilled Green Beans
- Garlic Butter Green Beans
- Green Beans and Mushrooms
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
Partially cook bacon slices arranged on an oven safe rack inside a foil line, rimmed baking sheet for 5 to 7 minutes in an oven preheated to 425˚F.
While the bacon cooks, cook the green beans just until bright green, about 3 minutes, in a covered steamer basket set over boiling water. Transfer green beans to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Divide green beans into 12 equal bundles. Wrap each bundle crosswise with ½ slice of bacon and place seam-side down in a single layer on oven safe baking rack in prepared baking sheet.of 8 to 10 beans. Bake in preheated 425˚F oven 15 to 18 minutes, until bacon is crisp to your liking. Serve.
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
- 6 strips bacon halved crosswise (use thin bacon, not thick cut bacon)
- 1 pound French green beans (haricot verts) stem side trimmed, 96 to 120 thin green beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- kosher salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425˚F.
- Arrange bacon slices on an oven safe rack placed inside a baking sheet lined with foil for easy cleanup. Bake 5 to 7 minutes depending on the thickness of your bacon. (It should be starting to brown, but still be pliable when you remove it from the oven.) Remove from oven and set aside. Leave oven on.
- Meanwhile, place green beans in a large steamer basket over a large pot of boiling water. Cover and steam 3 minutes, until just bright green. (This step will help preserve the color and texture of the green beans when roasting.) Transfer green beans immediately to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat evenly.
- Divide green beans into 12 bunches of 8 to 10 beans. Starting about an inch below the tips, wrap each bundle with ½ slice of bacon, pressing or tucking under ends to secure and taking care to minimize areas where bacon overlaps. Arrange bacon wrapped green bean bundles, seam side down, in a single layer on same oven safe rack in baking sheet, leaving some space between each.
- Bake in preheated oven 15 to 18 minutes, until bacon is crisp. Serve.
Chef Mimi says
So pretty! I love the bundles!
Marissa Stevens says
David @ Spiced says
I've always loved this concept! Not only does it look cool...but it includes bacon. 🙂 Bacon makes everything better!
Marissa Stevens says
haha...so true, David! Thank you.
Everything's better with bacon---and these green beans look outstanding!! I have beans and bacon in the fridge, so guess what I'm adding to our menu this week???
Marissa Stevens says
aww...I love to hear that, Liz!