Green Bean Bundles by Paula Deen are the perfect combination of fresh green beans melded with the delicious aspects of freshly cooked crispy and salty bacon. They can be put together in a matter of a few minutes and then cooked in the oven to bring the bacon to its browned perfection. If you have someone who’s not too fond of green bean casserole, this recipe is the perfect alternate solution to still including green beans on your menu.
Cured of the Casserole – Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
If you’re considering using this recipe chances are that you’re likely tired of green bean casserole, you’re making it for someone who has an allergy, or are just plain wanting to try something new. If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place.
I happen to be someone who really likes green bean casserole, so for me to say that these little green bean bundles, wrapped in crispy bacon, are a delicious solution for changing things up. That’s saying something. And their appearance is just so sweet and personal. If your people like bacon and green beans, they’re sure to like these!
How To Reheat Paula Deen’s Green Bean Bundles
Paula Deen’s Green Bean Bundles can be reheated in the oven, on the grill or in the microwave. Keep in mind that when the green bean bundles were prepared, they were already cooked twice from blanching the green beans and browning the bacon. So, use caution to not overcook them in the reheating process. To reheat in the microwave, cover with a paper towel and heat for 1 minute. To reheat in the oven, cover with foil and heat at 375F for 10 minutes.
How To Store Paula Deen’s Green Bean Bundles
Green bean bundles can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. They can be kept in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months. If you’re making them ahead and know you will be freezing a large quantity of them, consider freezing them before they are baked and save that last step of baking them right before they’re served. They will be fresh that way and won’t be presented as being over cooked from the reheating process.
Can Green Bean Bundles Be Made Gluten Free?
Yes. Paula Deen’s Green Bean Bundles are naturally gluten free. They do not contain any aspect of gluten that need to be substituted or omitted.
What Kind of Bacon Should You Use?
The best kind of bacon for this recipe is just regular old American Style pork belly bacon. It can be purchased pre-sliced in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store. If you’re on a special diet and prefer to substitute turkey bacon or another kind of bacon, that is also a possibility. It should behave much the same way. The only change that might be noticeable is an alteration in the flavor.
What Kind of Green Beans Should You Use?
You can use fresh or frozen full length green beans when possible. Do not cut them. If using fresh green beans you’ll want to snap off the ends and wash them before proceeding with the recipe preparations. Even though canned green beans will work okay, we suggest using them as a last resort since they come already cooked which would affect the process of needing to brown the bacon as it’s wrapped around the bundles. Using canned beans would allow a greater tendency for the beans to have a mushy outcome.
Fried Green Bean Bundles
Another way of making green bean bundles is to fry them. These are prepared by assembling little bundles of just the right amount of green beans, then dipping them in beaten egg, next dip them in flour and finally deep fry them in a 350F pan of oil. Place them on a sheet of parchment paper to cool.
How to Cook Fresh Green Beans With Paula Deen’s Recipe
Just like any food, having it prepared fresh is by far the best way to achieve the best flavor. If you have access to fresh green beans at your local grocery store or your local farm stand, then by all means, do it. It will cost you a bit more time because you’ll need to wash them and snap off the ends, but who cares. The flavor will be freshly delicious and you’ll be able to capture the fresh nutrition as well.
Blue Ribbon Seal of Approval
This recipe has the blue ribbon seal of approval. I have tested this and perfected it, even with the assistance of my kids. They loved creating the bundles and wrapping each one in a piece of bacon. I enjoyed watching them become proud of their work.
What To Serve With Green Been Bundles
Paula Deen’s green bean bundles are a delicious side that go great with most any meat and potato type main dish. Here are some possibilities from our recipe archives.
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Green Bean Bundles With Bacon Vinaigrette
Instead of making Paula Deen’s Green Bean Bundles with real bacon, it is possible to use bacon flavored vinaigrette as a drizzle over the bundles instead of wrapping them in bacon. So if you have access to bacon vinaigrette and want to give it a try, now you know.
How To Make Green Bean Bundles (Paula Deen)
Paula Deen’s green bean bundles are easy to make and can be prepared and cooked in about 30 minutes. Assembling them is a great project for kids to help with too.
2 bags frozen green beans
1 lb bacon
1 tbsp seasoning salt
2 tbsp olive oil
Step by Step Instructions
1. Thaw and blanch the green beans. Place a pot of water on the stovetop on high temperature until it begins to boil. Add green beans. Boil until tender and crisp, but still bright green (about 3 minutes). Transfer the green beans to an ice bath immediately to stop the cooking.
2. Assemble green beans into little bundles that are roughly adequate serving sizes. Wrap with a half slice of bacon. Lay in a baking pan seam side down. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt seasonings.
3. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes until bacon is browned. Or grill on high for 15 minutes, turning regularly until bacon is browned.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Green Bean Bundles Paula Deen
- baking dish
- soup pot
- 1 bag frozen green beans
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 tbsp seasoning salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Thaw and blanch the green beans. Place a pot of water on the stovetop on high temperature until it begins to boil. Add green beans. Boil until tender and crisp, but still bright green (about 3 minutes).Transfer the green beans to an ice bath immediately to stop the cooking.
- Assemble green beans into little bundles that are roughly adequate serving sizes. Wrap with a half slice of bacon. Lay in a baking pan seam side down. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt seasonings.
- Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes until bacon is browned. Or grill on high for 15 minutes, turning regularly until bacon is browned.
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Green Bean Bundles Paula Deen