Asiago Green Bean Bundles
8 bacon strips
1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1/3 cup butter, cubed and melted
2 ounces Keystone Farms Cheese Asiago with Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 Heat oven to 400°F. Place a greased wire rack on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
2 Arrange bacon strips in a single layer on rack, taking care to not overlap. Bake for 10 minutes. (Bacon will be partially cooked.) Remove bacon to paper towels to drain and cool.
3 Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Carefully add green beans in batches; cook for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove and immediately place green beans into a bowl of ice water. Drain and pat dry.
4 Whisk the butter, 1/3 cup asiago, garlic powder and pepper in a large bowl. Add green beans; toss to coat. Wrap bacon around 8-10 green beans. Secure each with a toothpick. Place bundles on a greased 15 x 10-inch baking pan. Whisk maple syrup and brown sugar in a small bowl; brush over bacon.
5 Bake for 12-15 minutes or until bacon is almost crisp. Sprinkle with remaining asiago. Bake for 4-6 minutes longer or until bacon is crisp.
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