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Green Bean, Bacon & Prosciutto Bundle

 

Who doesn't love green beans with bacon ... and of course there's the ever popular green bean and bacon casserole at Thanksgiving.

Here's a very simple "Green Bean, Bacon and Prosciutto Bundle" to try at home. This versatile dish can be served as an appetizer in smaller bite size portions or as a side vegetable for the main dish.

Green beans are readily available all year long, so finding them in the winter should be relatively easy. Whenever possible, use haricot verts or baby green beans. The prosciutto can be purchased pre-sliced or the butcher can slice it thinly for you. This recipe is good wholesome comfort food.

Enjoy!

Appetizer serves 12-15 and Entree Side Dish serves 6

Ingredients:

1 pound green beans, ends trimmed

2 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt, for boiling

6 thick bacon strips, cut

1 teaspoon garlic

6 slices prosciutto, very thin

Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar glaze (available at specialty markets or grocery store gourmet food sections)

Method:

Bring water and salt to a boil. Add green beans to the water and simmer for 7 – 12 minutes, until slightly tender. Remove from heat and immediately place in ice water to stop the cooking process and to keep them bright green.

Stack bacon slices together and cut in half, then re-stack, and cut in half again. The bacon should be cut into 24 ½ inch by 3 inch strips.

Place bacon on a sheet pan and cook at 350 degrees, until just about done. Drain off excess fat and reserve.

Place bacon fat into a hot frying pan, add green beans and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Season with salt & fresh ground pepper. Remove from heat and cool.

On parchment paper, lay out the individual prosciutto slices and place about 1/6th of the beans and four pieces of bacon at one end of each slice. Tightly roll each bundle and place on a sheet pan with the seam side down. Once all of the bundles are rolled, they can be baked or set aside for later service-even overnight. To finish bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, until hot. Remove from heat and serve with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze and Parmesan cheese.

For Appetizers cut the bundles in half and stand on end as shown in the photograph above.

 

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