Not My Momma's Green Bean Recipe

It's still delicious though!

For every major holiday, and occasionally just when we feel like it, my family makes a ginormous batch of bacon-wrapped green beans that never last longer than the meal. Seriously, we never have leftover green beans. My mom's recipe is traditional. It's full of full-fat bacon, lots and lots of brown sugar, and all kinds of spices. It's delicious, but I got to thinking that I could probably make a version that was healthier and still finger-licking good. I went for it, and I personally think it paid off in a big way because they were damn good. Here's my recipe for healthy bacon-wrapped green beans.

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Disclaimer: I don't cook with exact measurements. My mom taught me to cook by eyeballing it all, and it's served me well so far.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh, uncut green beans (not canned)
  • 1 package of turkey bacon
  • Brown sugar
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic chips
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Foil
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Rinse your green beans, and set them aside to dry.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet in foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  4. After the beans have dried, gather them into bundles. Anywhere from 3-5 beans is good.
  5. Cut a few strips of turkey bacon in half, and then begin wrapping them around the green beans. Place the bundles on the cookie sheet with the end of the turkey bacon on bottom. Continue cutting bacon and wrapping beans until all the beans are gone.
  6. Lightly drizzle olive oil over each bundle. Then shake the onion powder, pepper, sea salt, and garlic chips over each bundle to your desired amount of flavor. 
  7. Sprinkle your desired amount of brown sugar over each bundle.
  8. Cover the cookie sheet with another piece of foil.
  9. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the top layer of foil. Switch oven to low broil.
  11. Broil bundles for 10 minutes on one side, flip, and broil for 10 minutes on the other side.
  12. Voilá! Enjoy.

Remember that cooking times may vary.