Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Twisted Baked Beans

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Have you ever presented a dish to your family and friends, or brought a dish to an occasion and have it like literally disappeared before your eyes?  See, isn't that the best feeling in the entire world?  I know!!

This is exactly how these beans are.  Whenever I present them, they're gone before I can say;  "um these beans..." - GONE!!



I have to let you in a little secret.  I love to cook and bake as you know, more so cooking is my thing and all, but you get my drift...
But, I say BUT, I am not one of those cooks that enjoys fiddling around in the kitchen for oh say all day to achieve just one dish.  No, not happening.  I have "zero tolerance" for that.  I get antsy, frustrated, and I lose the will to live!! So you will never catch me spending about 4 hours in the kitchen to make one dish, EVER!!  I like quick and delicious!  

So back to the beans.  I have read more than my share of baked bean recipes and the ones that sound delicious call for baking for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, some even longer.  Are you kidding me right now?  We will have none of that!!

So I set about making my own recipe with obviously a high influence from the various recipes I read.  This is a semi-homemade recipe to which I add in my own spices and sweetness.  As you can see my friends, they are delicious!!  They are sweet, with the addition of meat, well just because it's delicious and all.  Then add your brown sugar along with maple syrup and a hint of different spices?  Well that will literally make you want to go back for 2nds & 3rds, wait a minute, they do!!
I promise you - no I guarantee you; Wherever you take these babies, they will disappear in a heartbeat and the recipe will always be asked of you, if you can keep your own spoon out of them first that is!  I promise, I pinkie promise!!  Print out extra copies, or better yet, share this recipe and refer them to me!  I like making new friends...
You all know I love to ramble, talk!


Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:
1lb (16 ounces) ground beef
1 medium onion diced
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (see notes)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

can - 1lb (28 ounces) your favorite baked beans (undrained)
1 can - 15.5 ounces small red beans, drained & rinsed -  (or your favorite, not garbanzo)


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*Notes: If you don't have "pure maple syrup" in the house, not to worry.  Do reduce the amount of maple syrup to 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp though, because the difference in pure maple versus the ready ones you find in the grocery store is the sweetness. *

Directions:
-In a large skillet, saute your ground beef till no longer pink.


-Once ground beef is no longer pink, add in your onions and cook for a few minutes till they are soft and fragrant.  


-Add in your spices, brown sugar and maple syrup.  Cook for a couple of minutes so the spices get to know the ground beef and onions and the maple syrup is wearing silly hats and dancing the Makarena...
Taste and adjust for seasonings.  Does it need more maple syrup, more salt?  They really should all be dancing at this point, silly spices.

-Preheat oven to 350F.

-Add in your baked beans along with your drained and rinsed can of beans, mix well so that the ground beef is thoroughly distributed.


-Pre-spray an 11 x 11 baking pan, or your favorite pan, and add the bean mixture- spreading evenly.


-Bake for 30-35 minutes till all the flavors have married and fallen totally in love, and your house is fragrant and you just cannot wait to dig in.  Oh wait, again... that's me!


Remove from oven and taste...
What?  You so knew I was going to instruct you to do that now, come-on!  Serve with your favorite main entrees, or do as I do, and just sneak a small bowl all for yourself.





Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

18 comments :

  1. Delicioso me encantan los porotos hoy voy almorzar a tu casa,abrazos y abrazos.

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    1. Thank you so much Rosita! ♥ You are welcome for lunch anytime!!

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  2. Didi this looks and sounds marvelous and so easy to make!

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    1. Thank you so much KC, very easy to make my friend, and you will not have any leftovers, I promise!!

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  3. Sounds and looks good! When I saw "Twisted" in your title, I have to admit I thought someone else was like me -- I put bourbon in my beans. But you are like me -- no four hour intense prep dishes in this house either!

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    1. Well we are Greek after all, we have to be a little twisted! ;-)

      No intense prep, ever!!!

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  4. I would love to have pitas, many pitas and just dive into it! Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Katerina, they do go great with a nice toasted pita bread...
      Ask me how I know?

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  5. Yummy - I am making these for our weekend camping!! Thank you!!! I may try Alex's suggestion of bourbon... oh wait, you meant in the beans????? LOL!!!

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    1. Lol Michelle!! Better yet, have a glass of bourbon and a small bowl of beans, seriously delicious!!!

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  6. MMM - they smell like heaven cooking right now!! And I am off to find that bourbon!!

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    1. Yay Michelle!! Have one for me, oh and a small bowl too!! ♥

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    2. Didi my LOVE, coming back to tell you, the beans were the hit of the weekend... so delicious and Of course I made them up then threw them in the crockpot and everyone raved!!!!! Thank you!!!

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    3. Yay my Michelle!! ♥♥♥ Thank you!

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  7. Hey Dedes, these sound super delish. Ya know everyone has their special baked bean dish; I used to have one but have discovered that each new recipe I try is better than the one before, so I no longer have a favorite. Yours is going to be my next try. Love the ground meat with the beans and haven't tried a version with the maple syrup. I've been craving these flavors for quite awhile, so I'll be making them real soon. Thanks Dolly:)

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    1. My pleasure Linda dolly! Please let me know!!

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  8. I have been looking for a good baked bean recipe forever! I am so going to have to try this one! Looks fantastic and I could eat them for my whole meal!

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  9. I usually do eat them asy my meal Kecia!! Shhhh it's our secret!!

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