09/17/13

Last of Summer Cook-outs + Southern Baked Beans

We are ringing in Fall here in Georgia,  so celebrate it with one last ‘farewell to summer’ cook-out.

I’m thinking the classics.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, coleslaw, baked beans, and copious amounts of crunchy, salty potato chips. It’s my prerogative.

And if it’s got to be baked beans, it’s got to be my Southern Baked Bean recipe.

Southern Baked Beans

  • 1 can Navy beans
  • 1 can Great Northern beans
  • 1 can Pinto beans
  • 1/2 medium Vidalia onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I tend to err on the more side rather than the less… I love this stuff!)
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 4 slices partially crisped bacon, coarsely chopped

Directions:

1. Rinse and drain your 3 cans of beans in your colander until all moisture drains.

Beans draining

I personally love mixing the beans. However, if you prefer one over the other, you can certainly use all Navy Beans, all Pintos, or all Great Northern. Your choice entirely.

2. While the beans are draining, saute your onion and garlic cloves in a teaspoon or so of oil over medium heat until tender and translucent. Be careful not to brown them.

Careful not to cook this on too high of heat. Garlic has a tendency to burn quickly. And there is nothing, nothing worse than burnt garlic.

sauteed onions

This process should take about 5 minutes total.

Add your beans. Toss them all in that garlicy, oniony goodness.

Beans and onions

I could probably eat it just like this. Let’s just be honest.

3. Time to make the delicious sauce. This is my favorite part! I love all these flavors that combine for a sweet and tangy sauce.

Ingredients

Add the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, worcestershire, and mustard to the beans and onion mixture. Stir to thoroughly coat all the beans and pour into a greased baking dish.

baked beans

baked beans close up

Yep! I could eat it just like that! But, these are not your ordinary baked beans. Take these beans over the top with crumbled bacon spread out evenly over the top. That bacon will get crisp as the beans cook and become really sweet and caramelized and impart that unmistakable bacon flavor!

ready to bake

4. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Increase the temperature to 400 degrees for the final 5-10 minutes of cooking to get the top nice and sugary and the bacon good and crisp. (This is why you want to undercook the bacon earlier.)

ready to bake

Let the beans stand for a few minutes before digging in.

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Absolutely delicious! Make these tomorrow. Today. To-now!

*recipe adapted from Southern Baked Beans recipe on www.addapinch.com.

 

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