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Oct 2, 2012 03:25 PM

How to dress up plain cooked beans

I baked a batch of plain navy beans in a clay pot. They taste quite good but i wonder how i can dress them up.

Online, i find many recipes using navy beans or things that require much chopping or many ingredients.. But i'm looking for a 2 min solution, so i can reheat my beans in the microwave and eat them. Any pre-made sauce i could use? Spice?

This is a question i've often asked myself for all sorts of beans, so any advice is welcome.

What is your favorite simple way of eating beans?

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  1. You can nuke chopped onion and bacon, and stir them into the beans with a good splash of your favorite bbq sauce or molasses. Yeah, two things to chop, but what a world of improvement, and you only have to do it once. Some people add a tot of pickle relish.

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    1. re: mamachef

      Think i could use some dried up bacon bits? We never have bacon in the house.

    2. Chow-chow is delicious with beans. It is a green tomato and cabbage relish.

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      1. re: Tara57

        Agree with chow chow or a good dollop of salsa.

        1. re: pine time

          I totally third the chow chow. Another good thing is a nice tomatillo salsa (even commercial)

          1. re: DrMag

            I have a italian grocery story nearby that has a large, rather exotic mexican section. I'll look for different kinds of salsa to try.
            Never heard of chow-chow. Probably a american thing? Could i substitute with homemade fruit ketchup?

            1. re: SourberryLily

              Chow-chow is a Southern/rural US version of a spicy, pickled chutney, or relish.

              Here's a version of a basic Cajun Chow-Chow.

      2. I like an updated version of beans-and-greens. Doesn't use the microwave, but doesn't take long or much chopping, either. Reheat the beans with some minced garlic, then stir in and wilt spinach or arugula, and drizzle in fresh lemon juice and olive oil at the last minute. Makes a nice side for grilled chicken or a decent lunch or lazy weeknight dinner. Haven't done this in awhile, but I think I used to mostly drain the beans before reheating so the lemon juice and oil came to the fore. You can of course use any sliced dark leafy green, but chard, kale, collards, etc. will take longer.

        1. Diced raw shallots/onions and fresh cilantro leaves (lots), after heating and gently salt-n-peppering. Squeeze of lime. Fresh parsley if you have cilantro issues.

          Stir in some salsa (fresh or bottled), or marinara.

          Shreds of cheese sprinkled on right after heating. Shallots/onions optional.

          Chopped celery, tomatoes and a dash of vinaigrette.

          Edited: I second mamachef's bacon/onion/BBQ or molasses. So fresh and a nice sweetness.

            1. re: sandylc

              Tried this yesterday, actually very good, as long as you warm it with the salsa.