Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Best Baked Beans Recipe

     I made these hearty maple beans one night when we had a few of our friends over for dinner. Dan made ribs, and I made the side dishes. These beans were a favorite. I am not a baked bean person but I loved these. I've made them many times since.

     In my opinion, this is the best baked bean recipe I have ever tasted. The combo of bacon, sausage, onion are savory, while the mustard and molasses give some depth to this dish. I love that if you are planning a big dinner, you can make these days ahead of time and just heat them up before serving. I always make extra so that I have leftovers. 

Best Baked Beans Recipe
 Slightly Adapted from Taste of Home

1/2 a package center cut bacon, cut into pieces
1/2 lb smoked sausage cut into pieces
1 can (15-16oz) Butter Beans drained and rinsed
1 can (15-16oz) Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
1 small onion diced
1 can (15-16oz) Pork n' Beans
3 TB ketchup
1/2 C real Maple Syrup
3TB Yellow Mustard
3 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 TB Dark Molasses

Preheat oven to 350°. 
In a large oven safe skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. 
Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on paper towel. 
Drain bacon fat, reserving 1 tablespoon or so of drippings. 
In drippings, cook sausage and onion over medium-high heat until sausage is lightly browned. 
Stir in bacon and remaining ingredients. 
Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.  

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