Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Bundles of Beans

Welcome to 2008! What better way to start off the year than with an ARF recipe. Today, I give you one of our vegetables from Christmas. These have been one of my favorites for a while. The baking of the beans just lends such a unique flavor. You can make this as decadent as you want or lighter if you desire by substituting ingredients. These green bean bundles are easy to make and crowd pleasing. Kids even enjoy them with the fun shape! Because of the healthy beans, this is my entry to Sweetnicks' ARF Tuesday. Check out the other recipes. Green Bean Bundles
2 cans whole green beans
1 package bacon or turkey bacon (you don't have to use the whole package)
Catalina dressing (regular or light) or Russian dressing

Set the oven to broil. Drain the beans.Gather a bundle of beans. Wrap half a slice (or a whole if you're going decadent!) of bacon around the bundle. Lay bundle in a 13X9 pan (or even a toaster oven pan if you're doing a small set). Do this until you have as many bundles as you want or are out of beans! Now, pour dressing over the bundles. If you are going decadent you can use the entire bottle, but I find this to be too much and just put enough on there to get some dressing on all the bundles. Place pan in oven and broil until bacon in done (maybe 10-15 minutes). Remove and enjoy with family. (The pictures are my mom!)


Peabody said...

Oh yum...and don't be silly, of course you need the whole pound of bacon! YUM!
Here's to a happy and stress free 2008!

Deborah said...

Yum! My mom would always put bacon in the green beans growing up, but I love how you've bundled them!!

Erika W. said...

Those look like a yummy treat! I bet my kids would go for that one, and they're cute to boot!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh, Claire, I hate to comment before my sister Gail does, but I know she hasn't been feeling well and probably just hasn't had time to stop by. This is one of her favorite recipes, and we all love it! She fixed it Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we all eat every drop :) I love it and sometimes take the easy way out and rather than baking the bundles in the oven, just do them in the skillet. We precook the turkey bacon in the microwave and then just put pieces in with the beans and dressing in the skillet. Not as pretty, but easier and the same taste :)

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years :)

Tanya said...

That looks seriously tasty.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen anything like the before -- it looks great! I'm going to have to try this for our next big family-type dinner. Yum!

Here's to a happy and healthy year to us all!

Dee Dee said...

I have a slightly different recipe for green bean bundles, and the girls do love them! I haven't made them in a while...maybe I need to pull this one out next week.
Dee Dee

gail@more than a song said...

My kids request this when they're coming home for holidays, Stacy is right! We love it....used real bacon at Christmas, b/c sometimes you just have to. You know I don't think I've ever done them using the broiler though, bake them for a while in the oven b/c the friends I got the recipe from do them that way! Might have to try broiler to see how that goes. I've used catalina and when I want a change I use barbecue sauce instead.

Laurie Constantino said...

One of my friends just posted a recipe for asparagus bundles, very similar to this, and I was amazed at how good it looked. Now I'm double amazed! Great recipe.