I have to tell you something. Lean closer so I can say it quietly. I don’t want people to hear me. I don’t like baked beans. I don’t like those little chunks of pork. I don’t like the sickeningly sweet sauce. The beans are always mushy like baby food. Blech.
But here we are, approaching a holiday weekend and the people want what the people want. “Make something like baked beans,” one of them said. Argh.
To the pantry! (Similar to going to the bat cave, but for people who like to cook and not dark, lonely, middle aged men with more money than sense.) Butter beans, maple syrup, turkey bacon and onions in the fridge. Voila! I found my inspiration! Maple Bacon Butter Beans. Slightly sweet set off with a little bit of green onion. I have to say, to me, these were an excellent alternative to regular baked beans.
Maple Bacon Baked Beans (4 servings)
2 – 15.5 oz cans butter beans
5 slices turkey bacon, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp honey mustard
1. Cook the onions and bacon on medium heat until the bacon starts getting a little crispy on the edges. It might take a while so you may prefer to cook the bacon in the microwave instead and then add it to the onions.
2. Combine maple syrup, ketchup and honey mustard.
3. Combine syrup mixture, bacon, onions and beans in a baking dish.
4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until nice and bubbly.
You can safely double this without adjusting any ingredients. One thing I noticed about this bean recipe is that it doesn’t reheat well. So if you plan on taking them to a picnic, cook them just before you leave. And feel free to try different beans. I’m not sure it would really matter. I did like the different colors of the bacon, green onions and beans, though.
The verdict was good in my house. The beans ended up being an afternoon snack. There were still enough for dinner.