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With Fall right around the corner, my Thanksgiving senser is sensing sides!!!! There are a few Staples every Thanksgiving for our family, overnight slow roasted fall-off-the-bone turkey, mashed potatoes, pecan pie (to name only a few), but one thing I love to change and get creative with are the sides!
Today I would like to present a fun idea I usually keep in mind when preparing this all-American feast. Asian food. I know, call me crazy, but there is something very diversifying about adding an ethnic food to balance the traditional flavors. Whether it’s stir fried green beans (instead of traditionally boiled or steamed) with a little mushroom and soy sauce or broccoli with a honey so glaze and topped with toasted sesame seeds, there is something of a WOW factor of giving your guests an unexpected treat like Asian food.
Today’s side is just one of those sides that add a particular zing to a meal when you want to eat healthy noms, but step it up a notch! These lil’ guys are blanced, wrapped in bacon and slathered in glaze, then topped with sesame seeds. Consider adding them to your healthy or not-so-healthy Thanksgiving feast this year!!
2lb fresh snipped green beans
10 strips uncured or regular bacon cut in half
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp salt or 2 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/2 tap garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 400° and spray a cooling rack with coconut nonstick spray (as pictured below), set aside. Boil a big pot of water and toss about 1 tbsp salt in there (if using thawed frozen beans, skip the blanching step). Blanch beans by pushing them under the boiling water occasionally for 4 minutes, then remove them to a collandar lined with a paper towel while you mix the glaze. Mix all remaining ingredients except for bacon. Taking about 6 green beans per bundle wrap them in bacon and place seam-side-down on the cooling rack on baking sheet. When each bundle is set, take a brush and brush on glaze to each bundle including over the bacon. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bacon is crisp.