Sunday, October 4, 2009

Green Bean Bundles .

There are a lot of ways to do green bean bundles. This is a pretty yummy way.

1½ lb. green beans
8 slices sliced bacon
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. white sugar
1 Tbsp. minced red onion
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

Snip the ends off the green beans. Discard any beans that don’t look pretty or set them aside for soup.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

Blanch the beans for 2-3 minutes in boiling water until the beans turn bright green. Quickly drain and rinse in cold to cool.

On a cookie sheet, divide the green beans evenly into 8 groups. Neatly bundle the beans in each group and wrap with a slice of bacon. Space the bundles on the baking sheet.

---------The preparation to this point can be done ahead of time.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and sizzling.

While the beans are in the oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat in a small saucepan. (Use real butter.) When the butter is bubbly, add in the onions and garlic; sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are soft. Reduce heat to low and add in vinegar, sugar, and salt. Remove from heat and set aside.

When ready to serve, place bean bundles on a serving platter and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.

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