Yesterday was a day, y’all. My toddler was giving me a rough time for most of the morning. I patiently waited for the first sign of sleepiness in her eyes, and I pounced at the opportunity to put her down for a nap so I could have some me time where I wasn’t being bullied by a strong-willed almost 2 year old. That may sound bad, but yesterday I was really in the trenches, and I know ALL parents have those days.
Once she went down, I grabbed a cookbook off of my shelf and sat down and thumbed through it to unwind and get my mind off of the whirlwind of a morning I had been having. Plus, I was getting pretty hangry, so I needed a little inspiration for lunch time.
Two years ago my mother-in-law bought Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen cookbook for me for Christmas. Kay Robertson, also known as “Miss Kay,” is the mother of Willie Robertson, who is the SEO of Duck Commander. You’ve seen her (and all of her fabulous Southern charm) on the hit TV series Duck Dynasty. She’s always cooking up something scrumptious for her husband, 4 boys and grandchildren on the show, so when I heard she had a cookbook out I knew I just had to have it! Southern food gives me life, y’all, and when you add a little bit of Cajun flare like Miss Kay does…have mercy!
So as I was thumbing through the cookbook, I noticed I had dog-eared a page with her Green Bean Bundles recipe on it. I had always wanted to try it, but life gets busy sometimes and I completely forgot about it. Fortunately, I had just made a grocery trip the day before and picked up a bag of fresh whole green beans since they were on sale. I always keep a package of bacon in the freezer, so I knew right then that now was my chance to give them a try! They were just the thing to help me shake off the bad mama-juju that had been following me all day, that’s for sure!
I prepped the green beans by washing them thoroughly and cutting off the ends of each one. Next, I took a few slices of thick-cut bacon and wrapped it around 4 or 5 green beans at a time. I placed each bundle in a deep baking dish and seasoned them with garlic powder, a smidge of Cajun seasoning and a little salt and pepper.
In a sauce pan I melted a stick of butter with 1/2 cup brown sugar and poured it over the green bean bundles. I baked them in the oven preheated to 375 F for 45 minutes, and they came out absolutely perfect! My house smelled SO good while they were baking away. The brown sugar candies the bacon, and it’s absolutely finger lickin’ tasty!
Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Bean Bundles
- 1 16 oz bag fresh whole green beans ends removed
- 5-6 sliced thick cut uncooked bacon each cut into thirds
- 1 stick salted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Cajun Seasoning a few dashes
- Garlic powder a few dashes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Spray a casserole dish or pan with deep edges with nonstick cooking spray
- After green beans have been thoroughly washed and the ends removed, bundle them into 4-5 pieces and wrap a piece of bacon around each bundle
- Place each bundle in the dish with the wrapped side of the bacon face down to prevent it from unraveling
- In a small pot, melt butter over low heat and add in brown sugar and stir until melted
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder and Cajun seasonings on top of each bundle
- Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture over the bundles and bake in oven for 45 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp
- Serve immediately & enjoy!
I’ve only gotten to try a handful of the recipes from Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen book, but every one I’ve tried has been scrumptious. This recipe gets two big thumbs up from us!
Are you a fan of Miss Kay’s fine Southern style cooking? Leave a comment below and let me know what you’ve tried so I’ll know what to try next! While you’re at it, here’s a few of her cookbooks available to buy on Amazon!