You would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t cracked open a can of beans to eat along side a hot dog or roasted potatoes – at home or at the campfire. Walk away from the canned goods, making your own baked beans at home is really easy. Put all the ingredients in the oven to bake then hit the ice rink or toboggan hill. When you come home smell will beg you to tear into a loaf of crusty bread and curl up with a bowl of beans. There is nothing fancy to it. If you want to keep this vegetarian leave out the bacon and fry the onions in a touch of oil.
Makes approximately 4-5 cups
2 cups dried white or kidney beans* OR 2 19 ounce cans white or kidney beans, drained
6 slices bacon
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small can of tomatoes paste
2 cups water, stock, or bean cooking liquid
¾ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons Dijon or yellow mustard
*When using dried beans
1. Soak the beans overnight in water with a handful of salt.
2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
3. Drain and rinse the beans well. Cover with fresh water by at least two inches. Add half an onion, peels on, and a couple of unpeeled cloves of garlic. On high heat bring to a boil in an oven proof pot or dutch oven.
4. Once the water is boiling, cover and place in oven to cook. Bake for 1.5-2 hours until beans are tender to the bite. Drain, reserving remaining cooking liquid.
For baked beans:
1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
2. Chop the bacon. Fry in a dutch oven or oven-proof dish, with a touch of oil to get it started. When the bacon is cooked but not crispy, add the onions. Cook until the onions are tender and transparent.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Bake, covered for an hour. Season with salt and pepper.
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