Green Bean Bundles are a vegetarian appetizer everyone will love. The crispy phyllo exterior adds an extra special touch.
When green beans are readily available, I feel obligated to buy them at least once every week. They always seem like a good idea until I'm in a rush and spent all my time being creative with the main dish with no inspiration left for my poor green beans, so blanching it is. Again.
The very first time I made green bean bundles, I was trying my very best to put together a finger food for a late afternoon appetizer. My load of green beans were right in front of me but I looked past them during my first two trips into the kitchen, hoping something else would pop out at me. I'd never made an appetizer with green beans before.
My daughter was performing in a music program that night and I wanted something out of the ordinary (for us) but also a finger food that she would want to eat. She had been looking forward to this night for months and knowing her, she wouldn't want to sit down to a full dinner before performing. Sometimes appetizers are the perfect thing.
We sat down together and enjoyed a few of these green bean bundles while I asked about the songs on the program and she tried to decide which skirt to wear with her new shirt. My other half had taken the night off from work so he was munching away right there with us, sipping on coffee and listening to us chat away.
By the end of the following day, all the bundles were gone. Personally I love the crispy, baked phyllo and flavor of the cheese with the green beans. My other half and my daughter liked them too.
Their eyes widened with a smile when they first bit into them, but we talked about other things besides my neat bean appetizer. By the end of the week, my daughter was asking when we would have green bean bundles again, and could we all have them together at the table?
I was happy to make them again. And again.
Green bean bundles are a delicious way to enjoy green beans. The process isn't difficult but, the phyllo dough must be kept moist to avoid drying out. Visit my site to see a video demonstration, or watch the video below.
I buy the boxes of phyllo from the freezer section and usually two packages of dough come in each box. This recipe uses one of those packages.
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