baked beans side dish and serving ideas

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

To make baked beans, navy beans (a small white bean) are par-cooked in water, then baked in a sauce for several hours. The sauce can vary depending on the type of baked bean dish you are making. Typically the sauce will include a sweetener, such as molasses, brown sugar or maple syrup. Usually a fat such as pork or bacon, and sometimes but not always some form of tomato, such as tomato paste.

Boston baked beans are very common and one of the most thought of baked bean dish. Molasses and salt pork are features in recipes. British style is as common their North American counterpart. Due to rationing during World War II pork doesn’t often feature in the sauce. Tomatoes, however, are very prominent. They are a main component to a full English breakfast and are often eaten on toast. Other versions include Canadian style, which use maple syrup. Beans in a tomato and brown sugar sauce are also made throughout North America.

Serve baked beans with…

Something Starchy

brown bread
baked potatoes
mashed potatoes
sweet potatoes

Something More

Something Meaty

pulled pork
pork chops
baked ham
ham steak
BBQ ribs
grilled sausage
bacon and eggs
hot dogs
chicken wings

Something with Veggies

green bean casserle
garden salad
collard greens
green beans

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