Best Bunch of Baked Beans Recipe
If you want to substitute a bean dish for a meat entree, as mentioned in the post on how to eat healthy on a budget, here’s a good one to try.
Best Baked Beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 pound center-cut thick bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon brown mustard
- 15 oz dark kidney beans, drained
- 15 oz butter beans, drained
- 30 oz pork and beans, undrained
Preheat oven to 350°
Sauté onion in olive oil over medium high heat until it starts to soften.
Add 1 pound center-cut bacon and cook until crispy. With a vented spoon, remove bacon and onions from pan and place on folded paper towels. Blot with extra paper towels to remove as excess fat.
Add ketchup, sugar, brown sugar, white vinegar and mustard to a large oven-proof dish.
Add drained kidney and butter beans along with undrained pork and beans.
Add bacon and onions to bean mixture. Stir well to combine.
Bake uncovered at 350° for 45 minutes.
You don’t have to use an entire pound of bacon if you want to stretch your dollar further. Just use half, and freeze the other half for later use. Or use it up in some other dish or for breakfast.
Also, if you wish, you could subsitute honey for the white sugar, and molasses for the brown sugar. Depending on how sweet you like the dish, you could cut the amount of honey to 1/4 to 1/3 cup, and likewise with the molasses. If using blackstrap molasses be aware it has a strong flavor, so you might want to cut it even more if you are not used to it.