Cooking is one my very favorite things to do, but I'm not as consistent as I would like to be. We've made a family pact to not eat out at least through the end of the year (barring any emergencies), so now my opportunities in the kitchen have definitely increased (except for the nights we grab frozen food).
Tonight I decided to take the opportunity to cook. We had meatloaf, baked potato casserole, sauteed squash, bacon wrapped green beans, and Sister Schubert's rolls. I meant to take pictures of the progress of the entire meal, but I didn't remember until my hands were buried in the squishy raw ground beef I was mixing for the meatloaf. I will have to say that I think this was my best meatloaf yet. I'll post the recipe for it one of these days....I need to sit and reconstruct the steps in writing since I changed it up.
The baked potato casserole wasn't a new recipe, but I did do something different. I had some leftover homemade mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving lunch and about 2 cups of instant potato flakes. I made the instant potatoes, then combined the leftover potatoes, mixed them up and added all of my baked potato casserole ingredients. They were delicious. I surprised myself. :)
I would like to make a commitment to try a new recipe at every meal, but I don't think I can actually follow through with that, so I'll toss one in when I can. The bacon wrapped green beans were the new recipe I tried with this meal. I found the idea on Pinterest, but I changed it up a little.
Wash and dry one pound of fresh green beans.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place the green beans on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Mix the beans with your hands so all the pieces are coated with the oil, salts, and pepper. Place the green beans in a separate bowl while making the bundles.
Open a 1-pound package of thick-cut bacon. Leave the bacon intact in the package and slice it in half right down the middle. This yielded 18 slices of bacon.
The recipes I found on Pinterest called for butter, brown sugar, and minced garlic, but I didn't add this. If I make these again, I will probably try the original recipe. The bacon never really got crispy on top (it did on the bottom), and apparently I didn't salt them enough, because they were pretty bland. I did find one recipe that called for cooking the bacon in the oven for a little while first to start the crisping process, but I couldn't find that one again. They were everyone's least favorite item on the plate, including my husband's friend who came over for dinner. I love bacon, I love roasted green beans....so they were fine to me.
P.S. My husband invited his friend over while I'm in the midst of preparing dinner...thank goodness I tend to cook more food than necessary for our family. My husband's not a heel....he did make sure we were going to have enough food before inviting his friend!
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans
- 1 pound thick-cut bacon
- Olive oil
- Garlic Salt
Wash and dry the green beans, then snip off then ends. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (I start it preheating here so it's not preheating too long, because it takes a little time to snip the ends off of a pound of green beans). Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place the green beans on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Mix the beans with your hands so all the pieces are coated with the oil, salts, and pepper. Place the green beans in a separate bowl while making the bundles. Open a 1-pound package of thick-cut bacon. Leave the bacon intact in the package and slice it in half right down the middle. This yielded 18 slices of bacon.
I wrapped 8 green beans in each piece of bacon. Lay seam side down on the foil-covered baking sheet. Place a sheet of foil on top of the green bean bundles and roast for 35 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Remove foil and roast another 10-15 minutes or until the bacon gets nice and crisp.