I made baked beans last week for a side to dinner with the mr and Barb. They ate them all. I didn’t get more then a spoonful. I was sad for me, but also was like “Shit, if I had known you guys were bean fiends, I would be making baked beans like all the time.”
And maybe not all the time, but I made them again this week. And again, they ate a lot, but I got me some this time, and I will probably make them again next week too because they will be perfect for Thanksgiving. See, homemade baked beans are a thing of beauty. Sure you can buy them in a can and be just fine, but these baked beans, well these are waaaayyyy way better. These baked beans are soft (not canned bean soft) and tomatoey and a little spicy with a tang. Not sickly sweet, (not sugar added) and not too salty.. They are just about perfect. You can eat them on their own, toss them into salads or wraps, stick on some toast, serve as as side, or just eat them cold straight from a jar from the fridge right before bed. (your loved one will thank you for that). Plus they are baked in the oven and I love me a good warm oven on a cold day. And the obvious, but all the protein and all around goodness. A great dish to serve if ever you need to feed people like me who don’t eat meat. It’s a win win win win.
Baked beans in all their glory. No cans in sight.
The stuff. White beans that were soaked overnight, strained then added back to a pot with 6 cups of water. Also have crushed tomatoes. an onion, a few cloves of garlic, chili powder, mustard powder, apple cider vinegar, and some salt and pepper.
First step is to start boiling you beans. But while that is happening, mince garlic and chop the onion into really small pieces.
Toss the onion and garlic in a pan and cook on medium low until soften and fragrant.
Cooked beans. All you need to do to cook them is place the pot with soaked beans and water on high, bring to a boil, then turn heat to a medium. Let beans cook until tender. It should take about an hour and a half.
Beans are cooked and the garlic and onion are soften so now all you do is combine everything together. Don’t drain the beans, just toss in the tomatoes, the vinegar, the spices, and a few pinches of pepper and a pinch of salt. Stir in all together,
Looks like soup right? This is right before you stick it into the oven.
Now look at that, oven baked beans. The best part… The crispy sides. ALL MINE!
Not much left to do but eat them. Straight up with a hunk of bread. That is a good way to start anyway.
Enjoy your beans!
Makes a big pot of beans
1 pound (2 cups) white beans soaked in water for at least 8 hours (I used great northern but navy would be good too)
6 cups water or veggie stock
3 cups (or a 28 oz can) crushed tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons chili pepper
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
Strain soaked beans and place them into large oven safe dutch oven almond with the water and stick on the stove. Bring the beans to a boil then reduce heat to medium and cook util the beans are tender. Should take about 1 1/2 hours.
Sometime while the beans are cooking, mince garlic and chop the onion into very small pieces. Place in a skillet and cook on medium until the onion and garlic are soften and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside until beans are cooked
Preheat oven to 425
One beans are tender, dump in the cooked garlic and onion, the tomatoes, the spices, the vinegar, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir it all together and place into the oven. Bake for about 2 hours, staring about ever 30 minutes, until the bean sauce is nice and thick. If at any point you think they have gotten to dry, just add more water. Pull the beans out of oven once you are happy with the sauce consistency. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
And then eat them. As a meal, as a side, or as a snack. Beans are good anytime.
Any leftovers should be stored in the fridge. Beans can be reheated very easily on the stove top. Just place the pot back on stove, stir in a little water and cook til hot.
Beans are also fantastic eaten cold from the fridge.