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Unbundled Green Beans

Unbundled Green Beans, baked in a casserole dish with all the sweet, savory and amazing flavors of the fancy green bean bundles that are so popular in fine dining restaurants and around the holidays without all the fuss!  


Have you made the Green Bean Bundles?  These fancy little bundles are a lot of trouble to make, but for our fancy Christmas dinner, Prime Rib, Smashed Fingerling Potatoes, Green Salad, and hot buttered rolls, nothing is too much trouble.

Green Bean Bundles just go with our fancy menu.

The Green Bean Bundles are so easy to put together, but they are very time consuming when you need to make enough to serve a large crowd.  



Who doesn't love the flavor of bacon wrapped around a bundle of green beans, and a combination of brown sugar, butter, salt, and Worchester sauce poured over them and baked to perfection?

To solve the problem, we started making Unbundled Green Beans in a casserole dish.

You may be asking "What is Unbundled Green Beans?"  

I start by frying diced pieces of bacon in a dutch oven.  Transfer the cooked bacon pieces to a plate and add the whole green beans and toss in the bacon grease until well coated.    Simmer a few minutes while you make the sweet and savory sauce.

Add half of the bacon pieces and toss until distributed well.  Transfer the coated green and bacon to a casserole dish.

Spoon the sweet and savory sauce over the green bean mixture.  Place in a 375 degree F. oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remainder of the bacon pieces over the top.

I am so happy we decided to make these Unbundled Green Beans throughout the year and not just at the holidays.

I hope you get to make some soon.  Enjoy!



What you will need for the recipe:

  • Dutch oven
  • slotted spoon
  • 16 oz. smoked bacon, diced
  • 32 oz. frozen whole green beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Worchester sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • large casserole dish


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Yield: 10-12

Unbundled Green Beans

Baked in a casserole dish with all the sweet, savory and amazing flavors of the fancy green bean bundles that are so popular in fine dining restaurants and around the holidays without all the fuss!

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 lb. smoked bacon, diced 1/2 inch
  • 32 oz. frozen whole green beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add diced bacon and cook until brown but not crispy.  Remove and transfer half of the bacon to a paper towel lined plate before it becomes crispy.  Cook the remainder until crispy.  Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.  Leave the bacon grease in the dutch oven.
  2. Add the green beans and toss in the bacon grease.  Add salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  Toss to season well.  Simmer while making the sweet and savory sauce.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

    In a small bowl, add the Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, and softened butter.  Whip with a wire whisk until completely smooth.
  4. Transfer the green bean mixture to a casserole dish.  Spoon the sweet and savory sauce over the top of the green bean mixture.  
  5. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until green beans are tender.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the reserved crispy bacon pieces and serve.  

notes

Canned green beans may be used instead of frozen, but reduce the cooking time.
Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
Adjust the ratio of the Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar to your taste.




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