Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bacony Baked Beans

Saturday night the Brain and I went over to a friend's house for dinner. They are a young couple with the cutest 2 year old daughter EVER. Very very very cute little girl. But I digress, the wife, A. made some very delicious baked beans that inspired tonight's Legume Wednesday.

I had a completely different recipe in mind though. But today was a sort of comedy of errors. First it turns out that the recipe I wanted to cook took 4 hours to cook, and I apparently ran out of dried navy beans. Ooops. Then I was going to doctor this recipe differently by adding different types of beans, but like Old Mother Hubbard, my cupboard was bare. I had 2 cans of "seasoned" black beans (bought by mistake), 3 cans of garbanzo beans, a can of refried beans, and 2 cans of navy beans. I may need to stock up the pantry fairly soon.

So tonight's recipe comes from the Joy of Cooking, except I doctored it a bit. I made it spicy. It's super delicious. I did learn a very important lesson though. Don't wipe your eyes while chopping jalapenos. Ouch. These beans probably can be made vegetarian with a fair amount of success by omitting the bacon.

Bacony Baked Beans
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking

3 cups canned great northern beans
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 small onion minced
2 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 minced, seeded jalapeno
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
3 shakes of Frank's hot sauce
9 slices bacon, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a separate bowl, mix all ingredients reserving 1/3 of the bacon. Sprinkle the bacon on top. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes.


Anonymous said...

Whoop whoop whoop! A Shazam recipe that the Teen/Child will eat! He loves the baked bean food group. Hallelujah!

glamah16 said...

They looks so yummy. I do love them and this is the perfect time of year for them.

giz said...

Thanks for visiting our blog - Wilma...I like that name :) - I also love Sid the Kid :)

Sara said...

Jalapeno in the eye is the WORST! Chopping hot peppers is a husband-job around here (and, like most of the indoor husband-jobs, he does his best to weasel out of it and is too often successful).

I've never had spicy baked beans before. They sound super yummy!

Cynthia said...

Now this is the kind of baked beans I can eat tons of :)

Amanda said...

So clearly I need to start wearing glasses, because I thought your title said BALCONY baked beans, which made me think you slow-cooked these out on your porch or balcony. Reading and looking for some clever tidbit revealing such a cooking method, I got to the end and said, well what about the balcony? But I see it's bacon, which is certainly just as good. If not better. And they do sound delish!

Oh, girl, you MUST buy rubber gloves and construction goggles for use when you chop jalapenos. I once had jalapeno juice in the eyes and nose... and... some other parts I will not mention. YEOW! And nothing but time will help, I'm afraid.

Deborah said...

That's why I could never be vegetarian - omit the bacon?? Why would someone want to do that???

Tim said...

Is there anything that can't be made even better with the addition of bacon?

An unsolicited tip: I've found that rubbing my fingertips on the stainless steel kitchen sink under running water gets rid of those spicy oils. It's a tip I heard for garlic fingers, but it also works for chili fingers.