After making the Orange Spring Salad with Toasted Almonds, I had a little leftover creamy orange dressing. Because we live in The Land of Making Do, I’m the queen of using leftovers in new and inventive ways. It’s not necessarily always with good results, but sometimes it’s really tasty…repeatable, and even on occasion requested as such.
You’ll really enjoy Jenna’s Creamy Orange Dressing (recipe link to follow) on these green bean bundles. We did!
As I titled this post, a l’orange seemed to fit and sounded French…classy and fancy.
We pork lovers in the South need to dress up our recipe titles. Bacon is just so
oink Pig sounding. I thought I’d made up my own special word, but then when I did a Google search, I found it. Boo-hoo, it’s not my word. The French already have it!
Can you hear me laughing at myself? I took French in high school, but I’m sure I absorbed this word in my memory bank while watching Food Network or something.
When I read the “orange-flavored sauce” part of the definition at Dictionary.com, I knew I’d hit the nail on the head. Even if it’s not my word, it fits this dish perfectly. (Happy dance.)
Boil fresh green beans in an inch or two of water ’til crisp-tender. Cool enough to handle. Bundle ten beans together and wrap with a thin bacon slice. If your bacon is thick-sliced, wrap with only half a slice.
I placed four bundles in a small glass oven-safe dish sprayed with vegetable oil. You can make more if needed, but these were plenty for us.
Drizzle the bundles thoroughly with Jenna’s Creamy Orange Dressing, magically transforming it into a sauce (wink).
Those little bits of garlic in the zesty orange and yogurt dressing are a perfect flavoring for green bean
oink bundles. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Bake the bundles for 15-20 minutes in a 425º oven until the
oink bacon is cooked to your liking.
If you’ve never made green bean bundles, here’s the recipe to print. To make things easier for you, I’ve included the dressing part of the recipe so you’ll have it all in one place.
- Fresh green beans, your choice of the amount
- Thin-sliced bacon, uncooked
- Garlic/Orange Sauce:
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 garlic clove,* minced
- 1 heaping Tablespoon Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Snap ends of beans (but don't break in half) and rinse. Place them in a pot with 1-2 inches of water over high heat until boiling. Place lid over pot, turn heat to medium, and simmer until crisp-tender. Remove from heat and let cool. When cool to the touch, gather 10 beans and wrap a bacon slice around center of bundle.
- Place bundles side-by-side in oil-prepared glass casserole dish.
- Mix all sauce ingredients well and drizzle over bundles. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is cooked.
If you don’t need the recipe for the bundles, go to Jenna’s blog post to print (or Pin) her salad and dressing recipe. I encourage you to make the salad and dressing first – because it’s so good! Then with the leftover dressing, make these fancy-titled (wink) a l’orange green bean bundles. 🙂
Isn’t it fun to try new things? Do you love it when your new creations sometimes are winners?
I’m sharing this post with Metamorphosis Monday.