Tuesday, July 15, 2008

what's cooking wednesday - heather's baked beans

After a lifetime of hating beans of any kind Michael has suddenly developed a taste for baked beans. It started with an appreciation for the maple flavoured bean sin a can and then.... Then we ended up at a belated Thanksgiving dinner at my brother's. Also in attendance, my sister-in-law's family. More specifically her sister Heather, who is one of my favourite people. Heather's contribution to the meal was baked beans and one small taste and Michael was in love.

Heathers Baked Beans

Heather's Baked Beans

2 cans baked beans in tomato sauce
2 tbsp mustard
6 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp molasses
1 small onion, chopped
1-2 stalks celery, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 - 4strips of bacon cooked crisp

Put all the ingredients except the bacon in a casserole dish. Stir until well combined. Place strips of bacon on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

Recipe Notes: I like to make this when we're having baked ham or roast chicken. Last night I actually threw all the ingredients in a roasting pan and cooked in with indirect heat on the barbecue while my drunken chicken grilled away at the other end. The only small change I make is to omit the celery only because we never have any in the house. It doesn't seem to harm the recipe in any way.

What is What's Cooking Wednesday and how can I play?

What's cooking Wednesday was born out of a desire to get out of that what's for dinner rut. Playing is easy, on Wednesday post a recipe that has been tried and tested by you and then pop over here and add your name to the Mr. Linky. When entering your name also add the name of the recipe in brackets and make sure you link to your What's Cooking Wednesday post and not just your blog's front page. And don't forget to link back here, the home of What's Cooking Wednesday.

So for example I would write Shan (Speedy Chicken Stir Fry) in the name section. For the URL section I would post this: http://shanrev.blogspot.com/2007/10/whats-cooking-wednesday-speedy-chicken.html

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bleeding espresso said...

This is *very* similar to my mom's recipe, which I absolutely love and just made a few days ago--I'll post it at some point too b/c since we don't have any kind of beans in tomato sauce here, I had to make them from scratch and they came out just as tasty :)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Certainly this recipe would bring love from my boys, too, Shan. Anything with maple and bacon and they're hooked!

Shan said...

BE - Heather did give me instructions for making it from scratch, but I've misplaced them. Probably because the odds are low I'll ever make them that way.

Jen - My boy too!