Wednesday, June 17, 2009

bean bundles

these little bean bundles are a yummy and fancy side dish, but are so very easy to make. i love to make these when i make poppy seed chicken, but they would be good as a side to so many different meals. i rarely cook with bacon, but i think it is worth it when it comes to these!

a couple of weeks ago, i doubled the recipe for poppy seed chicken, and also this recipe. i divided each into 4 small portions, freezing three of each and using one of each for dinner that night. it is so nice to have some meals stashed away in the freezer. if you want to do this, make the entire recipe, including baking, and then just freeze. i go ahead and bake mine in disposable aluminum pans and then just double wrap them in foil, label them, and freeze. when i want to cook them, i just double the cooking time, and leave them loosely covered in foil for the first half of it. we had a couple over for dinner tonight, and it was a blessing to have the poppy seed chicken and bean bundles ready and waiting to be warmed in the oven! so easy, and so great to not be stressed when company is coming! i also made oh-so-easy lipton's chicken flavored rice in a bag, and it really is a tasty addition. the only other thing i had to do is make a spinach salad similar to the refreshing summer salad, minus the grapefruit.

here is the recipe.

bean bundles
from The Christmas Cottage Cookbook

I N G R E D I E N T S :

1/3 cup vinegar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
Lawry's seasoned salt to taste
2 cans whole green beans (not the cut ones)

D I R E C T I O N S :

mix vinegar, brown sugar, dry mustard and seasoning salt together. set aside. take a small handful of beans and wrap a whole piece of bacon around the bundle securely. arrange in an 8x12-inch glass dish. pour vinegar mixture on top. bake 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees. bake until bacon starts to brown slightly. serves 8. preparation time: 10-15 minutes.

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