Cooking entrees is one thing, but sometimes the hardest thing to do is come up with a great side dish. A pattern can form, making pasta, rice, potatoes, pasta, rice potatoes, over and over again. Coming up with some healthy alternatives can be challenging. Here is a play on a classic side dish, somewhat forgotten, or at least type-cast into grill food, but can be served with many other dishes. Thanks go out to my wife and sister in law, they perfected this!
Baked Butterbean Recipe
Mise en Place
2 cans butter beans
1 can pork and beans
1 can fine diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoons liquid smoke
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons light maple syrup
2 oz tomato paste, canned
½ large yellow onion, chopped
4 slices low sodium thick sliced maple hardwood bacon, diced
½ tsp minced garlic
2 dashes Tabasco or hot sauce
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- Heat pot on stove over medium high heat, let pan get hot, about 15-20 seconds. Add oil. Wait till oil is the consistency of water, then add bacon and onion. Stir with spatula occasionally, allow onions to cook till translucent.
- Add minced garlic, stir. Add tomato paste immediately. Stir vigorously. Allow 1 minute of cooking time.
- Next, add liquid smoke. Again, allow 1 minute to cook, then add all beans and diced tomatoes. Stir, then reduce heat to medium.
- Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add mustard, syrup, brown sugar and Tabasco, stirring. Reduce heat to medium low, allow to simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from heat. Allow 3 minutes to settle, then serve.
- Buy tomato products that have chiles in them, or onion and garlic
- The recipe is written with canned products, but you can eliminate sodium and preservatives by using fresh products. The beans can all be purchased dry, soaked over 4-8 hours, drained and washed. You’ll get a better product with more nutrition!
- Use fresh tomatoes as well, replacing the canned product. It will take 4-5 roma tomatoes.
- You may also mix all ingredients together separately and place in pot, bake (they are called baked beans after all) at 350° for approximately 30 minutes, uncovered. You will have to complete steps 1 & 2 before baking.
- Replace liquid smoke with 4 oz of your favorite barbecue sauce
- FYI, beans are very high in protein!