Green Beans with Bacon and Brown Sugar Recipe

Favorite-Things-Thanksgiving-4You might be surprised to see a Saturday post. Well, I was typing a recipe for someone and started thinking about how many times I have been asked for this particular dish and I figured why not put it on the blog so whoever wanted it could come here and print it. Consider it a bonus recipe! It's a delicious but simple green bean recipe that I found in the Williams-Sonoma Thanksgiving recipe booklet last year. It was a huge hit and is now a favorite for us. I am making it again for Easter. It's a nice change from the standard green bean casserole so if you want something new, this is a good one to try. I couldn't find the recipe on the Williams-Sonoma website and the booklet was seasonal so here you go:

Green Beans with Bacon and Brown Sugar Recipe
Author: adapted from the Williams-Sonoma recipe from A Thanksgiving Shared
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Serves: 8-10
  • 8 thick slices of bacon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoons roasted garlic powder (regular is fine)
  • 1 ½ lbs green beans, trimmed and blanched
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat, cook bacon in batches until the slices are just beginning to brown along the edges but are still underdone and pliable, 4-6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and let cool, then cut each slice in half crosswise.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, salt and garlic powder.
  4. Divide the green beans into 16 equal portions, about 6 beans each. Gather each portion into a neat bunch and wrap a half slice of bacon around the center to hold the beans together. Place the bundles on the prepared baking sheet with the loose ends of the bacon underneath. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bundles and drizzle with the butter mixture.
  5. Roast until the bacon is cooked through and browned, 20 – 25 minutes. Let stand for 3-5 minutes. Transfer the green bean bundles to a warmed platter and serve immediately.
If you are making this recipe for a large party and do not want to bundle the green beans, follow these steps:
  1. Once the bacon is partially cooked and cooled, toss it with the blanched green beans and place in a large pan or casserole dish.
  2. Drizzle the butter mixture over the beans and bacon and toss together.
  3. Sprinkle with the brown sugar.
  4. Bake until bacon pieces are cooked and beans are heated through.


Leslie xo