I recently visited Grandma iChicken in Quebec, where I grew up. She made a fantastic feast for our Easter dinner, including a delicious baked bean recipe that has been around since before I was born! This is a must-try.
Salt pork or thick cut bacon, chopped
1 lb. beans (your preference, but we usually use red kidney beans)
1 t. vinegar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 to 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 onion, sliced
1/2 T. molasses
1/2 T. mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
If using dry beans, soak overnight. (If using canned beans, skip this step.) If using dry beans, put in cold water and bring to a boil. Drain, add cold water again, and bring to a boil. (If using canned beans, begin by adding cold water and bringing to a boil one time.) Leave in the same water and do not drain. Put all ingredients into an oven-safe pot or dish. Add beans and water. Bake in oven 4-5 hours at 300 degrees.
As an alternative to extra sugar, you can sweeten your recipe with homemade maple syrup; click here to check out the way I collect and boil sap from my trees to make fresh, all-natural syrup.
Until next time,