My green beans wrapped with bacon strips are an elegant and delicious side dish or appetizer. A great way to turn plain green beans into something special and wow your guests. Only 4 ingredients and just 4g net carbs!
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I'm so happy to share my bacon-wrapped green beans recipe with you. I've been preparing these for holiday dinners for years, and they're always a crowd-pleaser. One of the best things is that you can prepare them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. When it's time to eat, chuck them into the oven for 10 minutes and serve.
I'm always worried because there's so much delicious food around this time of year. Unfortunately, almost everything is loaded with carbs and sugar, making it SO hard to stick to any diet, let alone keto.
But I'm determined not to let the holiday season kick me out of ketosis and ruin all my progress!
Over the years, I've learned that all you need is a bit of smart planning and, most importantly: DELICIOUS keto holiday recipes!
Keto Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans
Make your holiday and Thanksgiving menus a total hit with family and guests asking how the dishes are possibly low carb.
So... let's start off with my keto green bean bacon wraps! They make a fantastic side dish or extravagant appetizer. And no, I won't judge you if you want to eat a few as a quick snack.
Why You'll Love Them
- Each bundle has just 4g net carbs!
- Perfect as an appetizer, side, or snack
- Great for the holidays, parties, and events
- Keto + gluten-free and easily made vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free!
- Easy to prepare and make ahead of time
Ingredients You'll Need
To make my green beans wrapped in bacon, you'll only need 4 key ingredients + salt and pepper! As always, feel free to add your favorite seasonings like red pepper flakes, to give them a kick.
- Green beans - fresh or frozen green beans will work fine. Make sure they're thawed if frozen. Look for long and skinny varieties like French Green Beans, haricots verts, and filet beans.
- Bacon - thinly sliced bacon strips to wrap our green beans. Substitute for turkey bacon or other bacon alternatives.
- Butter/olive oil - melted butter or olive oil to coat our green beans before seasoning.
- Seasonings - I used a very simple blend of sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and garlic powder.
- Optional - I love to serve these drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
How To Make Them
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and prepare a baking tray or dish.
- Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and blanch the green beans for around 2 to 3 minutes.
- Thoroughly drain the green beans using a colander and pat them dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the green beans with the melted butter and make sure they're evenly coated. Season with a pinch of sea salt, garlic powder, and freshly ground pepper, then set them aside.
- In a dry pan over high heat, cook the bacon slices for about 30 seconds on each side until slightly golden.
- Divide the green beans into small bunches with somewhere between 6-10 beans in each bunch.
- Wrap each bundle with a slice of bacon, tucking the end of the bacon strip underneath the bundle to keep it in place.
- Arrange the wrapped beans in the baking tray with space between each one. Bake in the preheated oven for around 10 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Transfer them to a plate and optionally drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve hot!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Green Beans in Each Bunch?
Depending on the size of your green beans, the number in each bunch will vary. This recipe should make 6 bunches, so divide your beans up accordingly.
On average, 1 pound of green beans contains between 35 to 40 individual pieces. So, you may need as few as 6 beans in each wrap.
Can I Substitute the Bacon?
Yes! You can use many alternatives to wrap your delicious green bean bundles.
Options include turkey bacon, prosciutto, beef bacon, duck bacon, vegetarian bacon, tofurky bacon, mushroom bacon, and zucchini bacon. If you want to use eggplant bacon, keep reading below for a simple recipe.
Can I Make it Dairy-Free?
Yep, easy! Simply substitute the melted butter for olive oil, and this recipe is dairy-free.
Can I Make it Vegan/Vegetarian?
Yes, to make my recipe vegetarian and vegan, you can substitute the bacon for eggplant bacon!
Use the eggplant 'bacon' to wrap the beans and follow the same instructions.
How To Make Eggplant Bacon
- Cut an eggplant lengthwise into quarters and thinly slice it into long strips that resemble bacon slices. The slices should be around ⅛-inch thick, and you can use a vegetable slicer or mandolin slicer to make it easier.
- Brush the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. To give it more flavor, add paprika, garlic powder, and cumin.
- Bake the eggplant slices in an air fryer or oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius) for around 15 minutes. They're ready when they're crispy and dry.
- Prepare them ahead of time - to prepare these ahead of time, follow the instructions up until step 6, where you wrap the beans in the bacon. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and keep them in the refrigerator. They'll keep for up to 3 days until you're ready to cook them!
- When you're ready to cook - place them in the preheated oven and bake. They make take a few minutes more to get golden and crispy if they're being baked straight out of the fridge.
More Appetizers and Sides
- Bacon Wrapped Maple Carrots
- Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries
- Roasted Cheesy Green Beans
- Mashed Cauliflower with Bacon
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans Recipe
- 1 lb Green Beans trimmed, fresh or frozen and thawed
- 6 slices Bacon thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Butter melted, or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt to taste
- Black Pepper freshly ground, to taste
- Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and blanch the green beans for 2-3 minutes.
- Thoroughly drain the green beans in a colander and pat them dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel.
- Place them in a mixing bowl and coat them with melted butter/olive oil—season with a pinch of sea salt, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Heat a dry pan and cook the bacon for a few seconds until slightly golden.
- Divide the beans into small bunches of 8 to 10 beans. Wrap each bundle with a slice of bacon, tucking the end of the bacon strip underneath to keep it in place.
- Arrange the wrapped beans on the baking tray and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Transfer to a plate and serve hot, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
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Can you make these with asparagus?
Yes, just as delicious!
This looks amazing!! Am going to try this for Thanksgiving....
Thank you, Karen!
They're really great for Thanksgiving, you can prep them the day before as well to make life easier.
Hope you and everyone enjoy them!