Boston Baked Beans

In New England, Boston baked beans are a cold-weather favorite.

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by Kiringai EssieNovember 13, 2010
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Although the preparation for this recipe can be time-consuming, there are those who say that if you havenā€™t tried the from-scratch version, you havenā€™t had real baked beans.

Ingredients

  • 1Ā½ quarts water
  • 1 pound Navy beans
  • 1/4 pound salt pork
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 T. cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. onion juice
  • 3/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. horseradish
  • ketchup to taste

Preparation

Wash and sort beans. Heat water to boil in a large pan and add beans gradually, so boiling doesnā€™t stop. Boil beans 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and set aside to soak for 1 hour.

Remove rind from salt pork and cut pork into narrow strips. Add strips to saucepan of beans and return to heat. Bring to boil, then turn down heat immediately and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from heat and drain beans, reserving the liquid.

Turn beans and pork strips into a greased 2-quart casserole dish or bean pot. Set aside while making sauce.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

To make sauce, combine 2Ā½ cups of the reserved bean liquid and remaining ingredients. Bring sauce to boil and pour over beans. Cover and bake about 21ā„2 hours, until beans are tender. Uncover and bake additional 30 minutes to brown the beans. Serve with a hearty bread and coleslaw.

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Serves 8 to 10.


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