Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Recipe #71: Kitchen Sink Baked Beans with Crushed Pineapple & Jack Daniels

This recipe is sort of a melting pot of many great ingredients.   Instead of having to soak the beans all night, drain them and pick through them, you start with a can of baked beans.  I have no problem with either.  I have soaked beans all night for my mom's great northern bean soup, and I use B & M baked beans for this recipe.  B & M is what my mom used as long as I can remember.  Back in the 60's, the beans used to come in a dark brown jar and after opening the lid, you could see a nice hunk of salt fatback on top.  It's a wonderful dish to take to picnics, barbecues, and to have with ribs, chicken and hamburgers and hot dogs.  The lemon juice and lemon zest add a brightness, the crushed pineapple adds a layer of sweetness and the Jack Daniels whiskey adds a mellow warmth to this dish.   You will like it.

1 28oz can B & M baked beans, or any                   4 slices bacon, cooked in a microwave or skillet
    your baked beans of choice                                        but not until crisp
1/4 cup each pepper, celery and onion                    1/4 cup ketchup
   chopped fine                                                              1 tsp each lemon zest and lemon juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar                                          1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 tbsp Jack Daniels                                                     1/4 cup drained crushed pineapple

I cut bacon pieces into 1/2" pieces with a kitchen shears and cook in a skillet until limp and "just" turning brown.  If you cook in a microwave, you will have to watch your cooking time.  Drain bacon with slotted spoon from skillet and place in a bowl.  Reduce drippings in pan to 1 tbsp.  Sweat the pepper, celery and onion...this should take about 5 minutes on medium heat.   Put all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with a spoon until well blended.  Bake in a casserole dish, uncovered, at 350 for 1 hour.   Bon appetit!

baked down until nice and thick...

You can see the bacon, onion, celery and I used a red bell pepper...you can almost smell the jack daniels...

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