Why is it that baked beans are so popular around the Fourth of July, but making them usually requires several hours of baking in a hot oven?
Where we live it gets pretty darn sizzling in the summer and the last thing we want to do is keep the oven going for hours; the AC is working hard enough as it is.
Here’s a recipe I pulled from the New York Times back in February (2007) that calls for cooking the beans on the stove top, a much preferred summer cooking method.
Richly flavored with bacon, molasses, ketchup and vinegar, these not-really-baked beans have plenty of the baked bean goodness you expect, and are great with hot dogs!
Stove-top Baked Beans RecipePrint
- 1 lb dry small white beans, such as cannellini or navy beans (or 3 15-ounce cans of white beans)
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 onion, peeled and halved lengthwise
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1½ teaspoons dry mustard powder
- ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or cayenne pepper if you don't have Tabasco)
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 slice raw thick-cut bacon
- 5 slices cooked thick-cut bacon, chopped
- ¼ red onion, finely chopped
1 Soak the dry beans: If you are using canned beans, drain the beans, put them in a large pot and skip to step 3. Put dry beans in a large pot. Cover with water by 2 inches and refrigerate overnight. Alternatively, bring beans to a boil, remove from heat and let cool for an hour.
2 Cook the beans: Drain the beans and rinse them. Add them to a large pot. Cover with 1 inch of water. Insert cloves into onion halves (so they can be easily found and discarded later), add to pot. Add garlic and bay leaf.
Heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 to 2 hours, until beans are just tender. (Older beans will take longer to cook). Add boiling water to beans if they begin to look dry while cooking.
3 Mix ketchup molasses seasonings: In a separate bowl, mix together the ketchup, molasses, vinegar, mustard powder, Tabasco sauce, and pepper.
4 Remove onion and bay leaf, add ketchup mixture and bacon: When the beans are just tender, remove the onion, cloves, and bay leaf. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the beans. Add the ketchup mixture and stir to combine. Add one slice of raw bacon to the mix.
5 Simmer until thick: Bring the beans to a simmer. Simmer over low heat for 30-40 minutes until thick. Remove bacon slice (if desired). Add more salt to taste.
Serve hot, topped with chopped red onions and cooked bacon.
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