Two Food Nuts Baked Beans.
We’re at the cottage a good deal of the summer and there are days when it’s really just too hot to cook. That doesn’t mean you can’t make something that requires cooking though. You just have to use your Bean! Or in this case your slow-cooker. Baked beans traditionally require soaking beans overnight then boiling them for an hour, but let’s get real! We want good food without steaming up the kitchen or our glasses and we found a way to do it!
The pantry is often your best friend, so throw open the door and let’s get out the cans of Navy Beans, those little plump white, pre-soaked, par boiled darlings. We’ll add some great flavoring to the beans and put the slow-cooker on the picnic table till dinner’s ready. No sweating and really very little preparation.
Here’s how these Two Food Nuts make “Baked Beans”.
3 – 19 oz cans of navy beans. Drained, rinsed and placed in a slow cooker.
- 1/2 medium onion minced
- 4 strips of bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces and lightly browned
- 2 tbsp of the bacon fat (discard the rest)
- 1 cup Ketchup
- 2 tbsp of your favorite spicy mustard (we like Dijon or Grainy mustard)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp hickory BBQ sauce (this ads a nice smokey taste)
- 1/4 cup Molasses or if you live in Quebec like our son, it must be Maple Syrup!
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar, those of us that are adventurous might even give Balsamic a try.
Optional: And now for the secret ingredients. A small mango or peach peeled and diced or even an apple adds a sweetness to each bite that makes it taste wonderful. Some “Like it Hot” so add your favorite hot sauce or fresh chili for a thrill!
Once you have everything in the slow-cooker, stir gently to incorporate all the goodness and set on low until dinner. We suggest at least 6 hours. Check the beans after 4 hours and if they are tender and the flavor has developed you can switch to the keep warm setting. Slow-cookers vary in temperature so always check at the 4 hour mark. Remember you are starting with beans that are fully cooked, so you can prep these at lunch and still have full flavored baked beans by supper.
These baked beans will last in the refrigerator for several days if tightly covered. That is if you have any leftover. If you are feeding more than 4 people you may want to double the recipe. These disappear fast! Add a side of beans to your bacon and eggs this weekend!
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