California Central Coast Recipes
Country Cousin Baked Beans
This is the recipe for my family’s restaurant’s ( The Country Cousin) baked beans. Whenever I make them for a gathering, everyone “oohs and ah-hs” and wants my family recipe. Up until now, I never shared it since I wanted to keep it special for my cookbook or other cooking-related endeavor later. Though they look like they take hours to make---and even longer to bake, this is our restaurant’s kitchen secret. When my father-in –law would go on about them, I jokingly would tell him,” this recipe is why your son really married me!”
Many of my friends keep asking for this treasured recipe. Until now, I have put them off. Now is the time to share them with you. It’s such a simple recipe you’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of it yourself sooner. Basically, if you take a basic recipe for beans from any conventional cookbook such as the “Joy of Cooking”, and “doctor them-up” so to speak you’d have it. –Of course guessing the amount of the right ingredients etc. might be a challenge. So here it is. It’s not Mediterranean –but it’s good!
Preparation time: 20 minutesCooking time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
1 pound Oscar Mayer Lower Sodium Bacon or similar
2 55 ounce large cans B & M Canned Beans Original recipe*
1-1/2 to 2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar , packed
1/2 to 3/4 Cups Cider Vinegar
1 to 1-1/2 Cups Heinz Ketchup
1 Tablespoons Guldens Mustard
1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2 Separate eight slices of bacon and cut them in one inch pieces. Set aside. You may need more or less slices depending on shape of pan.
3 Pour contents of canned beans (juice and all) into a stainless steel bowl, then add Dark Brown Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Ketchup, and Mustard.
4 Mix thoroughly. Remove any chunks of pork that came with beans. Season to taste the sweet-sour ratios taste preference.
5 Pour Bean mixture into a large (17” x 11.5”) Non- reactive Baking Pan.
6 Completely cover top of beans with cut squares of bacon. (You may need to cut more bacon.)
7 Bake at 325 degrees for 1 ½ - 2 hours in oven until top of beans is done and bacon is fairly brown but beans are still liquidy and not too dry.
8 Remove Beans from oven and let sit at least a half hour before serving.
9 *Ideally, use B & M Brand Beans. Other brands don’t work, look or taste quite the same.
10 ** These Beans freeze beautifully. When you reheat them in the Microwave or Stovetop, add a bit of water first to help get them started.
These beans go especially well with grilled chicken or beef.