My husband works on an oil ship, so he is gone 4 weeks and home for 2. It stinks, but it’s what I signed up for when I knew I was dating a geologist. There are parts of it that are pretty awesome, though, like the 2 weeks of super together involved time. And then by the time he gets home, he has a list of his favorite things that I cook that he wants to eat. That’s one of my favorites for sure. We had these at a family Christmas gathering last year and he really liked them. Told me, “Babe, can you make those?” After about three tries I not only made them the way he liked them, he liked my version better! That’s what I’m talking about. When we have people over for dinner this is one of the things he loves me to make so he can brag on me. I have been asked for the recipe several times, so now I am posting it here, for you. Be forewarned: They are addictive!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 package of bacon
Approximately 1.5 lbs of uncooked green beans from the produce section
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
4 TBSP honey
Preheat your oven to 375.
First: start a stock pot of water on the stove on high, and bring it to a boil. While you’re waiting:
Cut the tips off of the green beans. Then put them in the boiling water and cook for about five minutes. Then it’s time to blanch. Not like the Golden Girl (did anyone else love her? I swear that’ll be me when I’m old).
After five minutes, take the green beans off the heat. Then transfer them into a big bowl of ice water.
This stops the cooking and shocks them and keeps the awesome green color.
Cut the bacon like so. Just half the strips. Saw it down the middle.
Time for assembly! Take three(ish) green beans that are roughly the same length, and wrap a piece of bacon around it.
It’s easiest if you hold one end of bacon at the end of the green beans and tilt it down, letting the bacon wind naturally.
When you are done, you should have a baking dish that looks something like this:
Put that in the oven, for about 20 minutes. And in the meanwhile, make the glaze!
Melt the butter in the microwave, then stir in the brown sugar and honey.
It should look a gorgeous golden brown and smell divine. Set that aside until the 20 minutes is up.
After 20 minutes, take the green beans from the oven and using a pastry brush, brush the glaze liberally over each bundle.
Wash, rinse, repeat every five minutes for about 20 more minutes. Then dump whatever is left of the glaze over them and let cook for a last 5 minutes.
Make these tomorrow. You’ll thank me later!