I don’t like baked beans.
Never have. Now this is, I know, somewhat surprising. There a very few of us out there who aren’t a fan of the things. Chuckle if you like but we can feel a little left out!!
I can’t really put my finger on why I don’t like them. I used to think it was a texture thing. I was never too keen on the way that beans would mush up in my mouth. However as time has gone on this has become less of an issue and has been replaced by a dislike of the watery, sweet but otherwise tasteless sauce that the beans are drowned in.
So how to overcome this problem? Afterall, I’d love to be able to get home after work and in 5 minutes have a tasty, nutritious snack of beans on toast in front of me. Or cook myself a big weekend breakfast without having to forego the option of beans .
The best solution I could find was to bake my own beans – somewhat obvious, I know but sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees; and when browsing any supermarket or local store there seems to be forests of tins of baked beans.
By making my own I was also able to flood them with flavours I like. So armed with strong smokey bacon, lashings of Lancashire Sauce and a good helping of mustard powder I set about attempting to reverse a lifelong held opinion about beans.
As a starting point I again visited The Lone Gourmet (see blog roll) and adapted the recipe I found there for Boston Beans to suit my own tastes. If you want to know exactly what I did click here.
And the result? A thick, flavour filled sauce, lovely soft beans and a feeling that I could finally join the party!
So what to do with the beans? Well there was no sense in over complicating anything, so beans on toast anyone? And on a day when the weather had returned to its wintery worst a few spoonsful of beans atop some thick granary toast smothered in butter, absolutely hit the spot.
Now, not being something I buy I cannot tell you the price of a tin of baked beans. However this large batch was put together inexpensively and the comment from a friend,
“I’m not sure I could go back to eating Heinz baked beans again.”
made any extra pennies spent very much worth it.
I DO like beans – and made like this I always would have. Looks like I’ve got some missed easy lunches and quick snacks to catch up on.