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Nov 4, 2008 08:35 AM

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 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.