Monday, June 27, 2011

NOT baked beans

You all are so much fun I wish we could gather for a convention and do "Chopped" episodes. Is there anything like a food blogger conference?

Somebody else posted a baked bean recipe yesterday. They were made with dried beans, which I refuse to use. Life is too short to fix dried beans, and canned beans are excellent products. I know, I know, some of you think I'm a jerk. I am a jerk, but a talented one. LOL

I would have used ham hock for this but my dear inefficient Giant market didn't have any. Bacon is fine. A nice ham slice would work quite well too.

This dish does not need to go into the oven. It could, but in the summer time (that happens to be now) not turning on the oven is a plus. This calls for 2 14.5 oz cans white beans.

Do this: cook some bacon (3-4 strips turns me on); set it aside.

In the grease cook a small chopped onion and some garlic (go ahead, make your breath smell really bad).

Add 1 cup water, 1 Tbs brown sugar, 1 Tbs molasses, 1 Tbs Dijon mustard, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, some cumin (optional).
Do you have any tomato? If so, add some.

Bring to a simmer and add in the beans and the bacon. Let it bubble for a while until a lot of the liquid is gone, at least an hour. Taste it and take it from there.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I love baked beans. I love not baking baked beans so I love this :) Seriously it sounds perfect - I've been looking for a good baked(ish) beans recipe. Thanks Stephen!

Chopped would be a LOT of fun with you and other bloggers! We should figure out something like that :)

Jenn said...

I love the idea of Blogger Chopped!! As Andrea stated, that would be so much fun! Especially with you... I'd probably go out in the first round, but at least I'd have fun! lol

Love this bean recipe. I need to try this. I usually just dress up a can of baked beans, this sounds so much better!

Shu Han said...

you have no idea how delicious this looks to me right now. same as jenn, i used to just like to dress up a can of baked beans, but this sounds much better, esp since i try not to go for processed canned food now!

Pam said...

Blogger chopped would be a blast!

Baked beans are terrific and my recipe is similar to yours: bacon or ham, molasses, brown sugar,vinegar but use a tablespoon of dry mustard instead of Dijon. Now I have to try it your way!

People threaten me though if I use a different baked beans version but I have one to try over the 4th that may just knock their socks off!

Great recipe and start organizing Chopped!

Care's Kitchen said...

yes! I Would love to gather and do chopped episodes - that would be fun! These look great and I love your stance against dried beans...I always say I'm going to soak the beans and then I hardly EVER do!!! LOL!

Chris said...

Yes, we just had our mini food blogger "conference" two weeks ago at Larry's. 6 bloggers counts right? ha ha

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