Raise your hand if you cook for picky eaters who don’t really care for green veggies. I have a little secret for you. Wrap the vegetables in bacon. I’ve heard it said that an old shoe would taste pretty good wrapped in bacon. That said, these green beans wrapped in bacon are pretty delicious. When I purchased the book from Rather Sweet Bakery, I imagined I’d be using it to make scones, cakes, and cookies. Little did I know that the recipe I’d reach for most often would be for green beans.
Not that you really need to follow the recipe to make them because it’s very flexible. It says to let the green beans marinate overnight, but more than once I’ve ran out of ambition the night before serving. I mixed everything together, rolled them up, and stuck them in the oven. I don’t think anyone cared. Yes, the ground mustard pairs well with the brown sugar, but if you don’t have it, don’t worry about it. It’s the long roast in the oven (and the bacon) that makes these green beans taste so good.
First, the beans are blanched for a few minutes, then mixed with a little of this and that and wrapped up in bacon.
Even when they’re only partially roasted, they’ll look good enough to eat. [Read more...]