I’m not much one for fancy side dishes. For our family, I usually serve the basics, like rice or oven-roasted potatoes with a vegetable. But every once in a while, it’s fun to dazzle your family with a more gourmet-type side. And these bacon-wrapped green beans do just that.
And really? I don’t know why I don’t make these more often. They don’t just spice up an otherwise boring meal, but they are actually very easy to make!
All you need is: one package of bacon (pork or turkey is fine, and my family prefers uncured), 1 lb. fresh or frozen green beans (untrimmed makes them pretty) and some type of sauce or seasoning (my husband’s favorite is barbecue!).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
One by one, grab a handful of green beans and simply wrap a slice of bacon around each handful to create a bundle.
Drench each bundle in your sauce of choice. I usually place each bundle in a large bowl and pour the sauce over them, working to coat the bundles well with my hands. Although my husband prefers barbecue, my favorite flavor is an Italian dressing. Any salad dressing or sauce can work. Be creative!
If desired, sprinkle additional seasonings on top of the bundles. My husband loves a Cajun kick mixed in with his barbecue! This step is optional.
Place the bundles in a 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
There you have it…an easy-peasy side dish that your family and guests will drool over!
We usually enjoy these served alongside a chicken dish, like creamy lemon-pepper chicken.
And here’s my little secret….if I need a quick, light dinner, sometimes I will actually make these for the main dish! The bacon and green beans are the meat and veggie, and I just pair them with a starch and garlic-cheese biscuits.
Want some other super easy real food recipes? Check out Real Food, Real Easy, an eCookbook that Stacy and I both contributed to!
Do you have a super simple side dish that looks fancy? Share in the comments!
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
- 1 package of bacon
- 1 pound of green beans, fresh or frozen
- Sauce and seasoning of choice (barbecue, salad dressing, spices, etc)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- One by one, grab a handful of green beans and simply wrap a slice of bacon around each handful to create a bundle.
- Drench each bundle in your sauce of choice. If desired, sprinkle additional seasoningson top of the bundles.
- Place the bundles in a 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.