Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baked Beans the Mr. D Way

You know it's bad when my own internet browser doesn't automatically remember my own blog's address when I start typing it because it's been so long since I posted. Sigh...

Mr. D has always liked to cook, although I use the word "cook" loosely. He is more into experimental mess-making and, as noted previously, he would eat a shoe if you put BBQ sauce on it - so, that means he thinks his experiments are gooooo-oooood. Green tea flavored Jello comes to mind (he used green tea instead of water to make a package of unflavored gelatin). There was even an attempt at chocolate Jello using a similar method. His favorite and most-often-consumed meal from his bachelor days? Waffle sandwiches. Why buy sandwich bread when you can buy frozen waffles? So, toast some waffles and spread and stack them with mayo, mustard, at least 2 kinds of cheese, potted meat (which should not even exist IMO), bologna, ham, turkey......all at one time.

So, it comes as a surprise to all, but me especially, that his baked beans are really, really good. To wit:

For a 9 x 13 pan of baked beans, you need two of the big cans of baked beans (yes, this is really just dressing up existing baked beans, but it makes them way better). We use Bush's brand and, since they have a seemingly unnecessary number of varieties, I always get two different ones for the heck of it. Here, I did Original and Onion.

I mix all the stuff right in the 9 x 13 pan because, not only am I all about cooking good food, I am also all about avoiding doing the dishes. So, to the beans add:

- A big, giant squirt of regular mustard. I know that's an awfully technical measurement, but you can do it.
- About 3/4 of a cup of brown sugar (not that I've ever measured that either, but still)
- About 1/4 cup of REAL bacon bits/pieces if you have them (I didn't actually put any this time)
- A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
- Some minced garlic - I used the stuff from the big, cheap Costco jar so I went a little heavy handed. I would say maybe a tablespoon of that kind or a teaspoon of fresh minced garlic.

You mix all this up in the pan and then put strips of bacon over the top. Mmmmm........bacon...... Then, for extra flavor, sprinkle a little more Worcestershire sauce on the bacon.

Cook at 350-375 degrees for 45-60 mins - basically long enough to get it all bubbly and to cook the bacon. I usually end it with about 5 minutes of low broiling just for good measure so that the bacon is crispier. I don't know why anyone in the the world would want chewy bacon.

Before the mixing

Ready for the oven!

And finally, a very bad angle of the beany bliss.

Peace, Love, and Dinner,

~ HD

Mom of Fred and Ginger
Wife of Mr. D
Believer in Bacon and Beans