Baked bean sandwich
Seriously I thought I invented this when I was a kid. However, this wiki article dates the sandwich to 1909
How do you make a baked bean sandwich?
Mine is very simple ... warm baked beans between two slices of white bread ... Wonder bread sort of bread preferred.
However, googling around there are a bunch of variations ...
1943 baked bean sandwich (celery, walnuts, onion, pickle, catsup)
Bacon & Baked Bean Sandwich Recipe (bacon, hard cooked egg, lettuce)
That would make me think that the sandwich with a sunnyside up egg would be swell, the yolk breaking as you bite into it and mixing with the beans. Maybe on an English muffin.
Hmmm ... it seems some people make cold baked bean sandwiches. Doesn't appeal as much to me as warm.
Cold Baked Bean Sandwich, Club Style (butter, lettuce, cauliflower)
Camping Baked Bean Sandwich (Italian bread, chopped onions, cheese bacon ... mmmm)
Yeah, chopped onions are sounding real good.
Boston Baked Bean Sandwiches (applesauce, piccalilli, Jarlsberg, ham ... photo looks good)
Heinz even considered a frozen baked bean sandwich
"Heinz chief Bill Johnson said the company needed to give people "new ways to use beans".
"If people take the time to cook beans and put it on toast, why shouldn't we cut the process for them and give them beans on toast?" he said. The technology is being developed by Heinz researchers in New Zealand."
Now what makes my jaw drop about that is it is a 'technology' needing researches to develop.
So how do you make your baked bean sandwich?
In a home ec class in Pennslyvania many many years ago we learned to make "Saucy Boston Beanwiches". I took the recipe home and my family loved it.
White bread topped with baked beans and a slice of tomato. Then two slices of bacon (or one cut in half) criss crossed over the top. Broil until bacon is crisp.
Make a thick white sauce and dump in copious amounts of (we used American) cheese and stir until melted. Pour over beanwich and serve with fork and knife.
The quotes from the Heinz researchers reinforce my belief that the term 'food scientist' is somehow oxymoronic (?!). They are probably just figuring out ways to 'stretch' a traditional recipe to increase profitability. But I digress.
I've rarely had good baked beans so I don't have a preference for them. However, I do like bean patties like acaraje http://www.bahia-online.net/FoodinSal... in a sandwich.
I'm thinking that ranch style (smoky, non-sweet) beans could work here as well.
I've never been a big fan of baked bean sandwiches, but I remeber my mother used to eat them with leftover home made baked beans. I seem to remember her using a dark bread, and even stranger it seems to me it was bread that came out of a can. I will ask her and see if she remembers this. Has anyone ever heard of canned bread?
A very English comfort food is baked beans on toast. Basically an open faced baked bean sandwich that you eat with a knife and fork. I have them about once a month. Heinz vegetarian beans heated up with a nice fat dollop of butter added. The toast is just white toast, well buttered. Just pour the beans over the toast and dig in.
I love the baked beans on toast. Good with poached or fried egg. Also hot beans are good with a baked potato and melted cheddar cheese on top. I also like to use French's mustard on the beans to jazz them up a bit. I'm in the UK now so just use regular Heinz Baked Beans. My mother said that the Heinz veggie ones are the best substitute.
Variations of this have "bean" a favorite of mine for over thirty years.
If you toast the bread and butter it, try using garlic butter.Onions,
peppers(hot and sweet),tomatoes,fried onions and peppers are all good
toppings.Various cheeses have also worked.One interesting twist I
discovered as A teenager was Campbells bean and bacon soup,straight out of the can as a sandwich filling.Ketchup usualy doesn't work for me
on these but hot sauce is a welcome addition.