Ahhhhh!!! Spring is in the air! Yesterday and today I got to open my windows and let fresh air in the house, I'm SO excited! I don't think my family quite grasps how happy it makes me after spending a winter inside, all day long, to have a Spring like day come along! It makes my soul sing! I told my hubby last night, see how happy it makes me when it is pretty outside and I get to spend most of the day outside?!! I'm a whole new person....I figured he'd say, pack our bags we are moving ASAP to a warmer place!....but, he didn't! He would also like to have warm weather year around (and a happy all the time wife), but he is too keen on "no people" and so he is content here, where there are not many people. I think we should meet in the middle and move somewhere warm year around, but out in the country! Perfect solution....except that costs a lot of money! Today I am posting an awesome recipe! One of my favorite recipes that I have EVER made....that says a lot!! It may come across as strange or a gross combination, but trust me, it is wonderful! One of those times that your eyes roll back and you visit a happy place.....until one of your kids says MOM, I need more milk! and then you come back to reality! The combination is perfect and is a great side dish to steaks or chicken. I got this from allrecipes.com, but I have changed it to fit our portion size. This is one of those dishes that I get embaressed over, because by about my third helping my husband starts giving me that eye, you know, the one that says, how the heck is she eating all that! It's green beans...it's healthy...no worries! Try it and let me know if you agree!! This recipe does require you to marinate the green beans, so plan ahead.
Bacon-wrapped Green Beans
1 bag, or bunch, of whole fresh green beans
Raw bacon strips, I made 5 bundles and used about 4 bacon strips
With 5 bundles, of around 10 green beans each, I use 1/4C melted butter, 1/4C brown sugar, 1/2t garlic salt, 1t soy sauce. Melt the butter first and then add the rest and stir well. Place around 10 green beans in a bundle and wrap a half slice to one slice of bacon around each bundle, you can secure with a toothpick if needed. Put in a greased 8x8 dish(unless making more) and pour sauce over each bundle. NOTE: after pouring sauce over the top, marinate in the fridge overnight, or for a few hours. I cook covered with foil at 375 for about 30 minutes and then uncover and turn each bundle over and cook 15min more. Cook longer if you want the bacon crispier.