I think if I had to choose a last meal before a Doctor told me I could only eat green beans and lettuce the rest of my life, these would be a part of my meal! These baked beans have adorned our holiday tables and barbecue dinners since the 70’s when I was still in diapers! Ok maybe the diapers were depends but still…..the combination of the beans with potatoes if any shape or form is just too good to put into words. I just finished mixing them up to sit in fridge Until after we get home from church to they then in the oven! But here is the recipe in case you are sitting and thinking…”hum, maybe we should have one side dish for tomorrow!” Well this one is the one you want.
Dice up 1 cup each of the following: celery, onion and 1/2 cup green bell pepper
Cup up the ends of a lb of bacon (u know the end that is simply fat and no meat) and fry the bacon pieces with the veggies! or if you are not a bacon lover, You can fry these veggies in …what am I saying? Use the bacon for Pete’s sake and worry about your cholesterol in 2023! Sauté veggies until tender! Pour veggie mixture with bacon grease from pan into a bowl. Pour 2 (28 oz) cans of Campbell pork and beans in bowl! Add 1 tables Worcestershire sauce with 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 cup of catsup and almost ( about 3-4 tables)1/4 cup of mustard. Mix well and pour into a Pyrex baking dish. Place a few more ends of bacon over the top and cover in fridge until ready to bake. The bacon will cook and the flavor will seep down into the beans for a wonderful rich flavor.
When ready to bake, place in preheated 350 oven for about 35-40 min! Or if you need to bake today to leave room for other foods tomorrow just bake today and reheat in microwave tomorrow! Have a glorious