16 July 2008

mmm... beans...

This month's recipe theme was more difficult for me than I had anticipated. Mainly because when I make sides, they're generally very straightforward. When I make brocolli, I boil it or I steam it. When I make corn I open the can and heat it up. Things get interesting with asparagus in that I'll actually throw them in the over with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. You see, nothing very exciting. I do have some yummy potatoes that I will make on a special occassion, but they are very similar to Joanna's crash hot potatoes, except with cheese and bacon on top.

So I decided to submit my baked beans, the way my mom taught me how to make them. Actually I didn't know what to post and Darren picked this, so you have him to thank. Since my mom taught this to me, I don't really know any measurements, it's more of an eyeballed thing. I made them last night to try to get an estimate of how much of each ingredient I put in. Feel free to change the amounts since they're obviously not exact.

Baked Beans
(my mom says they're called baked beans cause you have to bake them. no heating up a can on the stove allowed)

1 can baked beans (I ususally buy Bush's vegetarian, but whatever works)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 small onion, diced into small pieces
2-3 slices uncooked bacon

Stir together all ingredients (except bacon) in a baking dish, then lay the slices of bacon on top. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for appriximately 50 minutes, or until bubbling.

That's it! Enjoy.


Tina said...

Oh, my 5 year old LOVES beans. (I think he is turning British.. the Brits are obsessed with beans. They serve beans everywhere... even with breakfast)
He's gonna love this!

Marie said...

Baking the beans with bacon on top sounds brilliant! Can't wait to try this.

Johanna said...

Oohhh - I love beans! I will look forward to trying this!

Meagan said...

So I was looking for some activities for Savannah on days when we just don't go anywhere.... which is most days it seems like... and low and behold I found a listing of all the monthly observances. Did you know that July is Baked Bean Month??? I kid you not, according to the website I found, it really is one of the themes.