Green Bean Casserole Bundles
 
Ingredients
  • 4½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • ½ pound thick-cut bacon, halved crosswise
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: chopped fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water and 3 teaspoons salt to a boil over medium-high heat; add green beans. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes; drain. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process; let drain on paper towels. Wrap bundles of 5 to 6 green beans with a piece of bacon, tying in a knot.
  2. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add green bean bundles in an even layer; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until bacon is crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Place bundles on a serving platter; cover with foil.
  3. Add mushrooms and garlic to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in cream, thyme, pepper, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Spoon over green bean bundles. Garnish with thyme, if desired.
Recipe by Taste of the South at https://www.tasteofthesouthmagazine.com/green-bean-casserole-bundles/