Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cooking for a crowd; Baked Beans

In the last couple of years we've started eating more beans.  Not just because they are inexpensive, but because they are good for you!  Some of my kids seem to like beans in just about and form, other are not quite so excited about beans.  This is a bean dish they all like.  I don't exactly have a recipe for this, but this is the general idea

Baked beans
1 lb. navy beans (rinsed and then soaked over night)
4 cups chicken stock/broth (I just pull a container of my homemade stuff from my freezer) you could easily use much more if you have it in place of some of the water.
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard or use some dry mustard
1/3 cup or more molasses or honey (we like it sweet)
Salt and pepper to taste
Bacon *optional* We just cut up a few pieces to add flavor.
Water enough to cover beans after everything else is added.  You may need to add more as these bake.
Adjust these to fit your taste, this is very easy to play with!

Put everything in a large pot or casserole dish and bake at about 350 all day.  Check it though out the day to make sure there is still enough liquid and stir from time to time.  Your beans are done when they are soft and brown!

Sometimes we add 1 pound of cooked ground beef to this just before serving.  My kids really like this with cornbread.  Sometimes we serve it in a bowl over the cornbread.  This time we served it on plates, with cornbread and a salad.