New England Baked Beans are a big part of...well...New England. ETC ETC
It was a plan...
Two sisters craving baked beans....
Two crock pots...
It shakes out something like this:
Country Sister's Baked Beans
Step 1. Acquire Vintage Orange Crock Pot as awesome Dump Find after City Sister acquires the much sought after family heirloom crock pot in a questionably underhanded manner one holiday visit (I'm kidding here of course--but the whole crock pot debaucle has been the source of many laughs so we of course HAVE to keep it going...and make the story more crazy every time)
Fill crock pot about 1/3 to 1/2 full of rinsed drybeans. I use a combination of Great Northern (bought bulk) and Jacob's Cattle (homegrown)
Add One Medium Onion Coarsely Chopped
Just Cover with Water
Turn Crock on High
Check in an hour or so and again cover with water
When the beans are basically soft through
1/3 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C Molasses
3 T Dry Mustard
2 Strips Bacon (raw)
Cook on High 2-3 hours
Check for doneness
Salt to taste and turn down to low until you eat or store them for later in the fridge or freezer (yes you can freeze them!)
That Country Sister thinks she's something special because her (not so) beautiful (non heirloom) crockpot came from the dump. Doesn't she now.
Citysister's crockpot beans.
3 cups dry rinsed great northern beans (purchased...during the last great shopping adventure)
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
4 slices bacon raw chopped up
1/3 cup Molasses
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
(I have a sweet tooth...it shows here in the bean recipe.)
Put beans in a bowl with 6 cups water. Try to fight off the 2 year olds manic cooking impulses to crazily stir the beans into oblivion. Put bowl of beans in a hidden area to baffle the aforementioned 2 year old. Let set overnight. First thing in the morning drain the liquid off the beans and put in the crockpot with all the other ingredients as well as water up to the top of the beans. Tell husband that the weird smells are not his breakfast. Set crockpot on low for the rest of the day checking on the water level. Enjoy.
We sometimes will have as a lunch the next day weenie beanies (our) Grannie's recipe!
4 cups baked beans
4 hot dogs
3 Tbs or so of ketchup and mustard
1/4 cup sauteed onion
Saute the onion. Add in chopped up hot dogs (even when I was older, Granny insisted on chopping them up...after all you could choke.) Cook the hot dogs until browned and warmed through. Add the beans, ketchup and mustard to taste.
Serve with BUTTERED (no margarine!) bread.