Friday, June 29, 2012

Baked Beans

So here's how this went down - the other day I was sitting on my friends back porch watching the kids splash around in a little blow up pool and I looked at my friend and said "I want to make baked beans" yes she looked at me like I was crazy because we were not talking about food but the thought popped in my head so I figured I'd say it.  Then I said "I've never made them before - yup I'm making some baked beans."   Then we went back to our original conversation but I had Homemade Baked Beans on my mind and I was determined to make some...
Yes - I do think about food all day long doesn't everyone???

These were so good and Hubby liked them too which was huge.  I love baked beans but Hubby can't stand the canned stuff so we never have it.   Now we will finally be able to enjoy baked beans again.. woohoo...enjoy!!

recipe from Martha Stewart
What you need:
1 pound dried navy beans
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 strips bacon, cut
1 medium onion. sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce or ketchup
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
2 1/2 cups water
Salt and pepper

What you do:
Rinse and drain the navy beans.  Cover beans with water in a large pot, and bring to a boil. Cover, remove pot from heat, and let stand for 1 1/2 hours.
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add vegetable oil. Add the bacon, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and fat is rendered from bacon, 8 to 10 minutes. (Reduce heat to medium if onion and garlic start to brown.)
Raise heat to high, and then stir in cider vinegar, and let mixture simmer until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Stir in the barbecue sauce or ketchup, light-brown sugar, Dijon mustard,salt, and hot sauce.
Drain beans, and add to onion mixture. Stir in water, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper if desired. 

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  1. Canned baked beans don't hold a candle to homemade ones. The first time I made homemade baked beans, we vowed to never buy a can again. Glad yours turned out too! Very similar to the recipe I used too! :D

  2. Looks delicious! I want to stick a spoon in the photo. lol :)

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  3. Haha random food thoughts pop into my head all the time also! Too funny. These baked beans look so delicious!


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