Recipe: Easy Baked Beans


Baked Beans (they should look like this when done, with all liquid absorbed/evaporated)

Supermarket baked beans are pretty boring, but it’s easy to amp them up to something delicious. Makes 6 1/2 cup servings; just increase everything proportionately if you buy a bigger can of beans.

28-oz can house-brand baked beans (the cheaper the better)
2 T cider vinegar
1/4 c brown sugar plus 2 T for topping
1 t dried mustard
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 slices bacon, cut up into 6 pieces total
1 medium onion, finely sliced
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Method: Dump beans and their liquid into an oven-safe bowl and add vinegar, 1/4 c brown sugar, dried mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Allow to sit a few minutes so mustard flavor can develop, then taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Cover top surface with sliced onion then bacon; sprinkle 2 T brown sugar over everything. Cook in 300 degree oven for at least 2 hours until the top is brown and crispy and the liquid has cooked down somewhat. Serve hot, warm or cold.

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