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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?

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  1. Your original recipe is my sister's favorite ever sandwich, which she kindly fed to me when she had to babysit me, so I love it too.

    1. Baked bean sandwiches are especially good on a bagel.

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      1. re: ChrisOC

        Still seems counterintuitive. Do you array the BBs in a circle?

        1. re: CRF

          My guess is that you look for a bagel with a really small hole! We seem to have plenty of those in LA--people like fat bagels here.

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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?

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              1. re: Humbucker

                Yup! Wicked good. Two B&M cans (beans & brown bread) and one can opener. So different and such comfort. Made in Portland, Maine.

                1. re: Humbucker

                  yum...haven't had this in years.... not quite sure why.

                  1. re: Humbucker

                    We prpbably have a dozen can's each of B&M brown bread and beans in the cellar for blizzard survival food.

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      And how long have you had those suckers? Wierdest combination I have ever heard of. I'm going to go fix me a fried okra and cornbread sandwich. Don't forget the buttermilk!

                      1. re: Scargod

                        MMMMMMmmmmmm, buttermilk and Mexican food soooo goood.
                        Gimme a cornbread and okra sandwich to, but hold the okra and substitute refried (pinto) beans. And a tall cold glass of butter milk too, much better than a frosty bottle of Pearl.

                  2. re: jackrugby

                    We used to make a quick brown bread baked (actually, steamed in a water bath) in a can. I remember my dad cutting it with a piece of string, and being an ex-sailor, he told me that was the way they did it in the Navy. Never figured out if he was pulling my leg or not.

                  3. 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.

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                    1. re: JMF

                      I love that - minus the butter.

                      1. re: JMF

                        This is why we live in NEW England, Cappy.

                        1. re: JMF

                          we Brits love everything on toast!! A big fave of mine is beans on toast with fried eggs on top and loads of brown sauce. It's not cheap to do in the US cos I have to pay a fair amount for Heinz beans and HP sauce from the British section of my supermarket.

                          1. re: smartie

                            This all sounds delicious. I've just made a large pot of baked beans with a failed tri-tip and it's yummy.

                            I'm going to try them on toast for dinner.

                          2. re: JMF

                            So with you! Love beans on toast. Easy for brekky too.
                            Also have you tried breaking an egg into the pot of beans while they are simmering, then scooping up the whole thing and putting it on toast?? Very awesome as well.

                            Side of hot sauce and I'm in heaven. :)

                          3. Anyone make their own baked beans and top with shredded cabbage all placed between hamburger buns? I saw that on TV once.

                            1. Cold unadorned Baked Beans on bread - whatever kind. White growing up, probably wheat now, but I think rye is best.

                              1. My mom used to make Grandma Brown's baked beans (more pasty and mushy than Bush's beans) with molasses, brown sugar and fatback. The next day, we'd have beans spread on toast, with ketchup and onion. They were good. I can't get Grandma Brown beans here in VA.

                                1. Cold Bush's vegetarian baked beans on a toasted bagel (preferably onion, but most any kind will do) with ketchup. Something about the contrast of the cold soft beans and the warm crunchy bagel just does it for me.

                                  1. Heinz baked beans on toasted sourdough bread with arugala and cherry tomatoes, loads of black pepper and parmesan cheese. Heaven.

                                    1. 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.

                                      1. Beans on toast seems to crop up in many British murder mystery meals. I love BBB's but today I tried the basic sandwich form descibed here, and was not overwhelmed. Maybe its better with onions and cheese.

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                                        1. re: DonShirer

                                          Although I especially enjoy the "classic" white bread and butter with hot beans, or beans on toast, I do like it with melted cheese on top too. Onions, however, would not be appropriate :-)

                                        2. Black pepper important. Add some chili sauce or whatever you like too. Also try with bacon on the side as well as eggs.

                                          1. I was the only person in school who used to bring baked bean sandwiches to school. I loved them (my mom would make baked beans from scratch) but everyone else thought I was crazy. Thanks for sharing

                                            1. 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.

                                              1. Going to try one of these for lunch today.