Saturday, July 4, 2009

Favorite Baked Beans

These baked beans are the best! They couldn’t be any easier to make, either. It’s just a matter of mixing everything together in a bowl, pouring into a casserole dish, and baking for an hour. The bacon, molasses, crushed pineapple, and BBQ sauce create a perfect combination of sweet, tangy, and smoky flavors, and the French-fried onions add a crunchy topping.

This recipe can easily be made as vegetarian by using vegetarian baked beans and omitting the bacon. Use a bit of liquid smoke instead to impart the smoky flavor.

Sue and Gloria’s Baked Beans, Sue Mittelman and Gloria Zucker

4 (16-ounce) cans baked beans
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup molasses
1 cup BBQ sauce
2 tablespoon yellow or brown mustard
5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1 (6-ounce) can French-fried onions, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In large bowl, mix together beans, pineapple, molasses, BBQ sauce, mustard, bacon, and a third of the onions. Add some salt and pepper, to taste. Pour beans in 9 by 13-inch casserole dish and sprinkle remaining crushed onions and bacon on top. Cook in oven for 1 hour or until beans brown and bubble. Serve warm.

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