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Jun 15, 2008 01:39 PM

ISO homemade baked bean recipes

I cooked up some wonderful borlotti beans yesterday from Rancho Gordo. The beans are wonderful all on their own and the bean liquor is to die for. I'd like to bake some homemade baked beans out of these for dinner tonight. Any tried and true recipes any of you could share with me?


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  1. A little hard to find (bottom of Page 14 on the Smoking Meat forum, linked below). And, I have to say, I typically never post a recipe that utilizes "canned" baked beans, as I can make great beans from scratch. But you said it was for tonite. These are some pretty good baked beans. A couple of things I'd change. One, I'd chop up the pineapple into slightly smaller chunks. And, two, I'd find a really good smoked, maple flavored bacon. I found some pretty good bacon at Costco, I believe it is Hormel Smoked Maple flavored bacon in a black package. And, of course, make any changes to seasoning that suits you. They are called Dutch's Wicked Baked Beans.

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      1. Check out the drunken beans in the Moosewood - they are amazing (have apples and molasses in them, just to whet your appetite)

      2. I, too am looking for a baked bean recipe, but specifically one that uses canned plain beans (i.e. not canned baked beans).

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        1. re: Ima Foodie

          These are surprisingly excellent. I use a mix of beans and usually stir in some chili powder and pepper, too.

          1 (14- to 15-oz) can crushed tomatoes in thick purée
          1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
          1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
          1/2 teaspoon salt
          2 (19-oz) cans small white beans, rinsed and drained (4 cups)
          1 medium onion, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
          6 bacon slices (1/4 lb) PreparationPut oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 400°F.
          Stir together tomatoes, brown sugar, mustard, and salt in a bowl. Gently stir in beans and transfer to a 2-quart shallow baking dish.

          Arrange onion slices in 1 layer over beans, then cover onion with bacon.

          Bake, uncovered, until bacon is browned and beans have absorbed most of liquid, about 1 1/4

        2. My GM used suet rather then pork or bacon for her baked beans. Try that for a twist. You may like it.

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          1. re: michele cindy

            Yeah, so which recipe did you use? And, since you were requiring your recipe, that night. don't tell me you didn't use any of these recipes.

            But, I suspect you didn't use any of these. Just a guess.

          2. Which recipe did you use?

            Hoping that this post might get by the "Chowhound Gestapo". Probably not much of a chance for thaat.

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            1. re: dhedges53

              I actually never made them. I ended up with a migraine and didn't cook anything. The cooked beans are still sitting in my fridge. I am going to try Katecm's recipe this weekend.

              Why would the CH gestapo not like your post?

              1. re: scorpioscuba

                Maybe I was overstating that. But, still they delete about half my posts. Maybe it's my fault. But, if you ever get a chance, make that bean recipe I posted. Maybe increase the amount of bacon. For someone who never likes that kind of recipe, I have to say, those beans were pretty darn good.

                Also, I have a 5 bean casserole recipe from my uncle, who passed about 20 years ago. The only recipe I have from him. And, it also requires canned beans and bacon. My 80 year old mother has made that a mainstay for church meetings, and being a quilter, she makes it on a regular basis for those get togethers. I'll see if I can dig that one up, and post it. It is truly delicious, and especially, when you don't have a lot of time.