Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Baked Beans

We recently attended a holiday celebration and I made baked beans to take along.

In case you haven't noticed, I like things that are simply and easily made, and this recipe is no exception!

Because this was going to be for a crowd, I doubled the recipe. Of course, you can cut it down however much you need to.

There are only FOUR ingredients: Campbell's Pork & Beans, ketchup, light brown sugar, and ground (or dry) mustard. (Those of you who happen to know my tastes well, know that I do NOT like mustard at all, but I really cannot taste this in the beans, and because it's not the yellow mustard that you put on a hot dog or a hamburger, I can handle it in a recipe.)

Preheat the oven at 325 degrees, then open up 6 - 11 oz. cans of pork & beans, and put them in a big bowl.

Add one and a half (1 1/2) cups of brown sugar.

Then add 1 cup of ketchup, and make it look like a face. That's just to add a little excitement to your day.

Lastly, add 2 teaspoons of ground mustard. Now it looks like the face is saying, "OH NO!!"

Ruin the face by mixing the ingredients well.

Now comes the hardest part of all...spray Pam in your cake pan. I used a disposable pan since we were going to take it somewhere and it would be easy to dispose of.

Pour the bean mixture into the pan.

Cover it with foil.

Bake it for an hour and 45 minutes at 325.

Take the foil off. Stir a little.

(Don't pay any attention to my dirty oven. Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that it needs cleaned. Did you know that a dirty oven can add flavor to anything that is baked in it?)

Bake for another 45 minutes uncovered.


How easy is that???

I must give credit where credit is due. I got this recipe from my mom. I have no idea where she got it though. For all I know, she made it up. Maybe she got it from one of her old cookbooks that she has had for over 50 years. I don't really know. But what I DO know is that this is the only baked bean recipe she ever fixed and it's the only one that I fix!

Of course I live with three males, so their poem of the day every time I make this recipe is:
Beans, beans,
The musical fruit.
The more you eat,
The more you toot!


David Julian said...

Cindi, I think it's a standard Ohio Mom recipe. My mother made them the same way. I use a different method that involves molasses and I think has a deeper flavor and color. But the old standby recipe from mom still comes in handy from time-to-time.

Stacia said...

Baked beans are one of my all time favorite foods. I will have to try this recipe for sure!