Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Green Beans with Bacon and Brown Sugar

Last Thanksgiving I totally forgot to make the green beans.
This Thanksgiving I wanted to have a recipe in hand that would be quick, easy, and delicious so that I could easily get it on the table in time.
This recipe fit that bill perfectly -- and the green beans were REALLY good, and bonus points for not having to roll bacon around green beans.

yield: 12-16 servings*

3 lbs green beans, ends trimmed ( got the pre-trimmed, steam in a bag kind)
8 slices bacon
1/2 C light brown sugar
12 tbs salted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Steam green beans (if you have the steam in a bag kind) or bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil green beans for 3 minutes and then plunge into ice water; set aside.
  3. In a skillet, cook bacon until the edges just begin to brown; remove from pan and lay on a paper towel.
  4. When bacon is cool enough to handle, cut into small pieces or strips.
  5. Place the green beans in a casserole dish.
  6.  Spread bacon pieces over the green beans.
  7. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the beans and bacon.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and garlic powder.
  9. Pour evenly over the green beans and bacon.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  12. Enjoy!
*This recipe is double the original recipe. The original recipe says it serves 8-10, I had 8 people for Thanksgiving and even with a ton of other food and the doubled recipe, we didn't have a ton of leftover green beans. So, my thought is that the original recipe is more of a 6-8 person serving and the doubled recipe is a 12-16 person serving. Or maybe we just eat a lot at my house.

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