My Spruced Up Baked Beans

My Spruced Up Baked Beans

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Working a lot doesn’t give me a lot of time for cooking so I have to make the best of my time with my recipes. I take shortcuts where I can and this is one of them but with a twist! I do use canned goods, however I add some of my favorite seasonings to take my dishes up a notch or two!

I love Bush’s Original “Seasoned with Bacon and Brown Sugar” baked beans and most of the time they come perfect for me. I just like to add other elements like: baked Smokies (sliced), balsamic vinegar, green onions, additional brown sugar, chili sauce, maple syrup, garlic pepper, chili powder and any herbs to garnish I happen to have on hand. YEAH, that’s a lot of embellishments, but I don’t add them all every time I make this dish! LOL! I use whatever I have in my arsenal.

This is my method so before you try this, I recommend reading through my instructions below and then you can tailor any of my preparation to your own liking. And, after adding each layer of flavor, taste it to see if you like it because you may not like your beans as sweet as I do.

Keep in mind that this is more like a method than a recipe.

My Spruced Up Baked Beans

Course: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet

Ingredients

  • Bush’s Original, Seasoned with Bacon and Brown Sugar

  • Heinz Chili Sauce

  • Oscar Meyer “Smokies” (optional)

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Maple syrup

  • Light brown sugar

  • Green onions

  • Vidalia (sweet) onions

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Garlic pepper

  • Lemon pepper

  • Dried or fresh Italian parsley

Directions

  • First, I start by chopping up some green and sweet onions. I add them to a pot with oil and saute them under low/medium heat until they are just translucent.
  • Pour the can of the Bush’s Original, Seasoned with Bacon and Brown Sugar into the pot and stir. 
  • Meanwhile, I bake 4 Oscar Meyer Smokies in the oven until done. You can substitute this for beef or turkey hot dogs. Or you can completely skip this step.
  • To the beans, I add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. The beans do come with brown sugar, but I like mine a little more sweeter. NOTE: these additives are to my taste so I don’t measure much.
  • I add about a tablespoon of chili sauce, sprinkle some garlic pepper and then mix again. The chili sauce gives the beans so much more flavor and balances the sweetness. Bring to a boil.
  • Then I squeeze about 2 turns of the pan with the maple syrup and stir again. Continue cooking and then add a hint of chili powder. I taste the beans at this point to see if I need to add anymore seasonings and usually I’m satisfied. I lower the heat and let the beans simmer.
  • Finishing the Smokies
  • The Smokies take about 10 to 15 minutes to cook in my oven. I let them cool off and then chop them up and add to the beans.
  • I let the whole dish simmer to get all nice and gooey ooey! Lastly, I sprinkle some dried parsley or you can use fresh, whatever you have on hand. That’s it and it’s ready to serve.

Notes

  • Delicious as a side dish, and it serves 2. If you want to make these for 4, I would buy 2 cans of beans, cook all the Smokies and double up on the brown sugar and maple syrup.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.