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Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

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It’s pretty easy for me to explain why this bacon wrapped green beans recipe is one of my favorites. Fresh green beans are a delicious green vegetable, and bacon makes everything taste better. The beans get a deep smoky flavour from the bacon that makes them nice and savory. There really aren’t that many ingredients for this recipe, and most are common anyway, so I find this is easy to make with a short trip by the grocery store on the way home.

Use this recipe as a mid-day snack, or a side dish. I find it works well as a dish for big family dinners on holidays, and potlucks too.  Asparagus can be substituted for the green beans if you are looking for a variation on the dish.

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Ingredients

  • 1-pound green beans trimmed
  • 6- 8 thick bacon
  • 1-medium tomato
  • 2-tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1-teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Worchester sauce.
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun spice /salt (adjust to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by blanching the green beans in boiling water for about 2-3 minutes, dip in ice-cold to cool off – remove and drain on paper towels.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange the bacon on a baking sheet: Line a baking sheet with foil (this makes for easy clean up). Bake for about 8- 10 minutes or until bacon is just starting to brown on the edges while remaining undercooked and soft. Remove bacon and place on plate lined with paper towels and, let it cool. Slice each bacon in half
  3. While bacon is cooking, place a small sauce- pan on the stove on medium heat. Add oil, onions – stir for a minute. Then add garlic, tomatoes, and Worchester sauce. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes then add about ½ or more cup of water/stock and Cajun salt if necessary. Adjust seasonings and water must have a little bit of sauce to put on the green beans. Set aside
  4. Add about 1 tablespoon or more of sauce to the green beans –toss well.
  5. Assemble bundles; place 6-8 green beans in a pile.
  6. Take a half slice of bacon and wrap it around the middle of the green bean bundle, tucking the ends underneath or use a tooth pick Lay the bundle on a baking sheet with the bacon seam-side down. Repeat with all green beans.

Source: Immaculate Bites, PG Everyday

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