Bacon Wrapped Green Beans Bundles is a delicious side dish that you can make ahead of time. This is the side dish that will shine just as the main course. So if you want to serve something more than cooked vegetables for dinner, that might be it!
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Pan-Fried Bacon Green Bean Bundles
- 160-170 g thin frozen green beans
- 8 bacon slices
- Trim the ends of the green beans if needed. I use frozen green beans, ready to be cooked.
- Take a medium pot, fill it with water and bring it to a boil. Add the salt.
- Place the green beans in the pot and cook until tender. It should take around 8 minutes.
- Drain them and put them on the paper towels to cool off a bit. Pat them dry.
- Wrap bacon around bundles of green beans (7 or 8 green beans), you don't need to secure it.
- Place the green bean bundles in a hot pan with the part where the bacon slice ends at the bottom to make sure that those seal when frying.
- Fry for 2 minutes on medium heat from every side (10 minutes in total).
Bacon-wrapped green beans are one of the most popular ways to serve green beans at German restaurants. Before I found this recipe I tried to make them in several ways. It turned out that the easiest and quickest way to make them is by using a frying pan. With frying – your bacon will always remain crispy and the beans soak some of the bacon fat from the pan when turning. And trust me – that’s what you want.
I love making this particular dish because is so straightforward and fancy at the same time. You just need two ingredients, that you probably already have in your fridge or freezer and a frying pan. If you want to make it ahead of time, you just need to cook the beans and make the bundles and fry them just before serving the dinner.
Ingredients & Substitutes
Green Beans – for this recipe I am using thin, frozen green beans, but you can go ahead and use fresh ones. If you don’t have green beans this recipe also works wonderfully with green asparagus or wax beans
Bacon – I am using very thin slices of bacon, called Frühstücksspeck here in Germany
- You can make the dish ahead of time – just cook the beans, make the bundles and store them in an airtight container until you are ready to fry them in a pan right before serving your meal
- For frying, you don’t need to use any additional fat
- In this recipe you also don’t need anything to secure the bundle –the trick is to place the bundles in a pan with the side where the bacon slice ends down
Storage & Reheating
Green bean bundles that haven’t been fried – store in the fridge in an airtight container for 24h.
Green bean bundles that have been fried – store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
You can freeze fried green bean bundles for up to 6 months.
The best way to reheat green bean bundles is to put them in the preheated oven to 120ºC (250ºF) for 25-30 minutes. This way the will remain juicy.
Yes! You can make the bundles ahead of time and then leave the last step (frying) until you are ready to serve them.
First, you need to cook green beans, then wrap a slice of bacon around them and fry them in a frying pan.
The best way to reheat green bean bundles is to put them into a preheated oven (120ºC or 250ºF) and let the reheat very slowly. That should take around 15 minutes.