Monday, April 16, 2012

Bacon Baked Beans

The weather this weekend in Connecticut was perfect for grilling and chilling outside. We decided to go traditional American: Hot dogs with all the fixin's and a side of homemade baked beans.

I'm not the biggest baked beans fan, hence I have never made them from scratch before. This weekend I was up for something new and it seemed like a fun experiment. Plus, I know how much my husband enjoys them. So, as per usual, I winged it based on what I happened to have on hand in the pantry.

I am pleased to say my spur of the moment idea was quite a success. Even our dinner guests gave the beans a thumbs up. I think it's fair to say that I can move baked beans into the "like" column.

FYI: The bacon, maple syrup, hot pepper sauce and pureed tomatoes were sourced locally. Since this was a last minute idea I used canned beans. Tsk, tsk I know, but in a pinch they sure are handy. If you're wondering, I use Eden Organic brand.

I had a really tough time getting a good photo of these beans.
But trust me, they taste way better than they look.
Bacon Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces of bacon ends, diced (via Holbrook Farm Market)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1, 14 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1, 14 oz. can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 qt. cooked, pureed tomatoes (from my 2011 backyard garden)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons spicy Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (via Holbrook Farm Market)
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 hearty splashed of hot pepper sauce (Hoardable Hot Sauce Cruel & Unusual Punishment)

Directions

  1. Place oven rack in upper third of oven and pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat an oven-safe pot over medium heat and saute the diced bacon.
  3. When the bacon has rendered it's fat and crisped up, toss in the diced onion and saute until the onions are softened.
  4. Remove the pot from the stove.
  5. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Cover the pot and put into the oven for about an hour.
  7. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving dish.

Do you made homemade baked beans? I'd love to know how you make them.
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