Saturday, November 17, 2012
One of our all time favorite side dishes is baked beans. We have tried almost every variety from the store, and due to allergy issues, used to use plain pork & beans and add our own things to make them baked beans. However, I knew there was a healthier way to do them, and researched homemade baked bean recipes. The first time I made them I was hooked!!! What a difference in taste!! My kids LOVE baked beans, and these are their favorites. I do wish that they were quicker to make, as I often miss the convenience of opening a can. I may make up a huge batch in my roaster oven and can them... when I have a few free minutes, which of course won't be til after our wedding in May! lol In spite of the time these require, they are not difficult. Most of the time is in soaking, boiling, or baking. Give them a try and see if you go back to canned baked beans!
Old Fashioned Baked Beans
1 lb dry beans - I've used cranberry beans, pintos, great northerns, etc.
1/4 lb bacon, cut up (optional)
1 large sweet onion, diced
1/2 cup molasses or maple syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp. dry mustard (optional - we omit due to Mandie's mustard allergy)
1/2 - 1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3-4 cloves garlic, quartered
chicken broth (Kitchen Basics brand is gluten, dairy, soy, corn free)
Rinse beans. In large pot, combine beans with 8 cups cold water. Leave soak overnight. (OR: boil, reduce heat, & simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat & cover for 1 hour) Drain & rinse beans Cover with 4 cups chicken broth and 4 cups tomato juice (or 8 cups cold water), and add garlic cloves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, & simmer 1 1/2 hours. Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid. In an oven-safe covered baker or bean pot (I use the Pampered Chef covered baker) combine all ingredients plus 1 cup reserved cooking liquid. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until beans are tender. You can also put the bean mixture in a crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours.
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