KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The holidays are all about tradition, and that’s certainly true about the Thanksgiving meal.
Larry Burroughs is the chef at Rosa’s Catering, a business that’s been in Knoxville for 43 years. Burroughs showed us how to prepare green bean bundles for our Thanksgiving feast.
“It adds a little more excitement to the table it brings green element to the table, and it’s a whole lot different and you have the nice bacon wrapped flavor in the house and it makes for a nice display,” he said.
To make them, you first blanch green beans, then wrap them in bacon. Benton’s bacon is preferred.
Once in the dish, a heavy coating of brown sugar is applied, followed by a sprinkling of a special herb mixture of black pepper, celery seed and onion powder.
It then gets a drizzle of olive oil and goes into a 350 degree oven. Ten to 12 minutes later and you have green bean bundles..
“They’re delicious. It’s almost like a candy treat,” said Zara Mack.
Mack is catering director at Rosa’s and invited us to take a bite. Eating and smiling is a lot about what makes Thanksgiving special.
“You want to have everybody you love around you. That’s what makes the holidays, when you can bring in folks that you haven’t seen in a while you it’s like you just saw them yesterday,” he said.
It also helps to put a little food in their bellies, and if you want to enjoy without the hassle, Rosa’s Catering is ready to serve.
“If you call us, we’ll basically handle anything from renting the tables and chairs to arranging times for delivery to bringing the food, serving it, replenishing it and cleaning it up. So you just show up and enjoy,” said Mack.
We hope, however it gets to your table, it’s a holiday feast made in Tennessee.
Recipe for Green Bean Bundles
- 2 lbs. of Fresh Haricot Vert Green Beans
- Bring pot of water to boil, add tsp kosher salt, drop beans in for approx. 5 minutes to blanch.
- Cool in ice bath.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut bacon strips in half, lay bacon flat, place 12-15 green beans then wrap bacon around, place bundle in greased baking dish with cut side down.
- Drizzle with good olive oil, sprinkle with brown sugar/salt/pepper.
- Bake 15 mins or until bacon is done.
- Place in serving dish.
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