Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Bean" there, done that! Molasses Baked Beans

Baked beans on the East Coast of Canada is a comfort food. Whether they're home-made or from a can doesn't matter, they always taste great. As a kid, we often had them on top of buttered toast or as a side dish.

I have to be honest and tell you I haven't made baked beans from scratch in a very long time. Instead, I "cheat" and start with canned beans, add a handful of this and a handful of that and then bake them again. After a couple of hours the sauce becomes thick and rich and sweet...mmm.

Last night we had them with pulled pork sandwiches...a perfect meal.

4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp worstshire
2 heaping tbsp grainy mustard (but any type will work)
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup bbq sauce or ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp powdered ginger
3 cans baked beans - I prefer Bush's vegetarian beans
1 can white beans

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Throw every thing in a large oven-proof casserole dish.
3. Stir.
4. Bake for 2 - 2.5 hours.

Note: DO NOT put cover on baking dish or sauce will not thicken. Enjoy!

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