BAKED BEANS BY NADIA
This is Nadia’s recipe for quick and easy baked beans that only take a little over an hour to prepare start to finish. She adds brown sugar because in her words, “Mom always does that, and her beans are great.”
6-8 thick slices old-fashioned bacon
1 large can (30 oz.) pinto beans
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
¼ cup ketchup (up to 1/3 cup depending on your preference)
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
Pepper and salt
Chop bacon into 1-inch pieces and brown in a deep-sided pot. When bacon is browned, add onion and cook until softened. Add garlic, cook 5 minutes and add beans (with liquid). Stir in ketchup, mustard, molasses and brown sugar. Add pepper and dried onion flakes. (Add salt to taste near the end of cooking time only if needed. Bacon is salty enough.) Simmer 5 minutes, transfer to oven-proof dish and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until it gets a little thicker and browns around the edges of the dish. (You’ll need to double this recipe if you plan to take it anywhere.) Makes 6-7 1/2 cup servings.
Variation: use browned, sliced sausages or loose-meat hamburger and make a hearty, meaty, bean dish. When the beans are done, top with Cojack cheese, turn oven to broil, put the beans under broiler 2-3 minutes until bubbly and golden.