Monday, May 26, 2014

Baked Beans for Memorial Day

A barbecue or picnic isn't the same without delicious baked beans, southern style. When the children were growing up, we had grilled burgers and hot dogs about every two weeks in the summertime. Baked Beans were always on the menu. I make my beans just like my mama did, even using the same pyrex two quart dish that she used when I was a girl. It is a 2 quart round dish with a casserole holder. At one time, it had a lid, but that fell to ceramic tiles years ago. The secret ingredient is Bush's Homestyle Beans. They could be eaten right out of the can, but are delectable when doctored with tangy and sweet ingredients.

Baked Beans 

2 cans Bush's Homestyle Beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar- light or dark
2 tablespoons yellow prepared mustard
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
3 to 4 strips good quality bacon

Pour the two cans of beans into a 2 quart Pyrex casserole dish. Spoon ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and onion on top of the bean mixure. Mix well with large spoon.
Lay strips of uncooked bacon that have been cut in half on top of the beans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour until the bacon is browned and bean juice has thickened. 
You know that they are delicious. And don't you dare skim off any of the excess bacon drippings floating on the top of the beans. Enjoy

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