Monday, October 4, 2010

Baked Beans

Do you remember back in the day when someone would say they'd make baked beans everyone would swoon?   That's because they actually went to the store, bought dry beans and made baked beans from scratch with all of the work that went along with it.  That is, they soaked the beans overnight, they added a myriad of ingredients and then they baked them for a few hours to get that characteristic smokey baked bean flavor.

Today we have Bush's!  But as Grandma would say, "Jenie, let's doctor these up."  She made up her own baked bean recipe and they were good! So here goes...The golden retriever on the Bush's advertisement may not tell you their secret recipe, but I'm sharing mine.

First the can(s) of Bush's Original Baked Beans.

Gather your ingredients to "doctor", brown sugar, molasses, ketchup,onion and bacon.

This recipe will be for one can on Bush's; if you have a big crowd and use more than one can, multiply the recipe accordingly.

Cook the bacon (I do mine in the oven at 375 for 15-20 minutes.) Saute the diced onion (1/4 cup) in some bacon drippings.
Put the Bush's beans in a bowl, add the onion, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons of molasses and 3 Tablespoons of ketchup.  Crumble 2-3 slices of bacon and stir. Put in an ovenproof casserole and bake until bubbly (about 30 minutes.)

Serve and listen to the praise.

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