So, I guess baked beans are “thing.”
I guess I’m sort of late to the party, but I never knew they were a “thing” until the past year or so when I started following blogs religiously. Quite embarrassing seeing as I’m from Boston, a city known for its baked beans. About that…
*Hangs head in shame.*
It seemed like last summer there were baked beans recipes popping up everywhere, being touted as BBQ staples. Say what?
Last week when I started sharing quick, easy and delicious side dishes that were great for the 4th, I remembered the baked beans I’d seen the previous summer. I asked Lloyd if he liked or ate baked beans growing up. He told me yes, and recanted tales of how as children, he and his brothers envied his parents, who were privy to the bits of pork in the canned beans served alongside hot dogs. We talked about this with his parents last night over dinner.
So, if Lloyd says baked beans are “thing”, well then, they must be.
Easy Baked Beans
Adapted from this recipe
1 16 oz. can baked beans
2 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 slices bacon, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Pour beans into a baking dish with, molasses, onions, brown sugar and ketchup. Stir. Top with bacon and cover.
Bake for 2 hours or until thick.
So this “thing” turned out to be so easy and so delicious, that I totally get it now. Smoky and slightly sweet, this fiber packed side dish (toot, toot!) certainly are a great addition to a BBQ menu or a weeknight meal. In fact, Lloyd ordered beans with his crab cakes at dinner last night.
See? They are totally a “thing.”