Recipe Wednesday: Baked Beans

Summer is right around the corner and what else goes better with barbequed food than baked beans?  This recipe is very easy to make, has great flavor, and you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand!

Baked Beans
Serves 6-8
From the Community Grains Recipe Kitchen

Ingredients

1 pound Community Grains Cannellini Beans
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
8 oz bacon (about 4 slices), chopped
1/2 cup packed  brown sugar
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons salt
1 scant teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

After sorting the beans, place them in an oven-safe pot and fill the pot with water to cover the beans by 2 inches.  Add the rest of the ingredients.

Cover pot and place in a cold oven.  Turn heat to 325 degrees F and bake for 2-4 hours, or until the beans are cooked.  Start checking your beans after 1 hour to see how much water they have absorbed.  If needed, add boiling water to the pot, cover, and return to the oven.

If your beans are done, but there is too much liquid in the pot, place the pot on the stove top and simmer (don’t boil) to evaporate some of the liquid.  Once you’ve reached the desired consistency, remove the pot from the heat and serve.  Enjoy!

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