This is a good appetizer to serve with drinks on a summer evening. It’s also a nice lunch, serve the bean packages on bread to create an open-faced sandwich. If you find the idea of wrapping green beans in bacon a bit too lah-di-dah, you can always chop up the bacon and green beans and roast the batch in the oven until the bacon is cooked.

green beans, tipped (tailed if you wish, but I like the tails)
vegetable oil
salt and pepper, to taste
bacon–pork, turkey, or vegan; or prosciutto

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Blanch green beans for 2 – 3 minutes, working in batches if making a large amount. Remove from water and allow to drain. Transfer to a bowl and toss with olive oil, some salt (bacon tends to be salty), and pepper.

3. Make bundles of green beans, 3 to 5 green beans each, and wrap a piece of bacon once or twice around each bundle. If you can, don’t overlap the bacon. Or, cut the bacon slices in half and just wrap once. Put the bundles on a roasting pan and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until bacon is cooked.