Wrapped with a strip of bacon, these green bean bundles add an elegant touch to the holiday table. To get a head start, you can trim and blanch the beans a day in advance, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- 8 thick bacon slices
- 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) (3 oz./90 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 1/2 lb. (750 g) green beans, trimmed and blanched
- 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a large nonstick fry pan over medium heat, cook the bacon in batches until the slices are just beginning to brown along the edges but are still very underdone and pliable, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and let cool, then cut each slice in half crosswise.
In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, salt and garlic powder.
Divide the green beans into 16 equal portions, about 6 beans each. Gather each portion into a neat bunch and wrap a half slice of bacon around the center to hold the beans together. Place the bundles on the prepared baking sheet with the loose ends of the bacon underneath. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bundles and drizzle with the butter mixture.
Roast until the bacon is cooked through and browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the green bean bundles to a warmed platter and serve immediately. Serves 8.