Baked Beans

What’s more wonderful than spending a warm, relaxing summer evening around the table or in the pool with family. This last week, since our sons were both home (our daughter in Hawaii with a friend), I pulled out my mom’s cookbooks and scoured them for a recipe for how to make baked beans. You know, the good kind, sweet and full of good things (like bacon!), and I found this perfect recipe.

I was happy, because I had all the ingredients in the house, too. I hate running to the store, so I usually keep on reading until I know I have everything on hand.

Summer splash

Since our son is going to summer school up in Eugene, I doubled the batch and made a big pot so he could take some food back with him. I used our beloved Bush’s Beans (the tastiest around!) and my mom’s recipe from the church cookbook, and our sons were singing their mom’s praise! That’s always music to my ears. Boys love their mama’s cooking. :)

After preparing it ahead of time, I set the 9×13 pan aside until it was time to bake. We made chicken skewers and fresh green beans from the garden (with pesto and almonds – yum!) for dinner.

It was the perfect “send-off” meal, I’d say.

Baked Beans

This menu was simple and fresh, and the one dish I didn’t get in the picture was the Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad, which I will be sharing with you later.

Yay! for easy summer dishes, and celebrating life at mealtime together!

What’s your favorite way to make baked beans?

Baked Beans

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Baked Beans Recipe

Great side dish or main dish, if you add ground turkey or other meat. Bacon is optional.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 sweet orange or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 22 oz. cans of Grillin’ Beans
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 6-8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large frying pan, brown the ground turkey, onion and pepper for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the pork and beans and all of the other ingredients (except bacon). Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the prepared mixture to the 9×13 dish. Crumble the bacon on top and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 35 minutes; remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes.
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