Baked beans are the quintessential American side dish, often popping up at picnics, barbecues, and potlucks. Bean recipes are also perfect for a casual supper at home, pairing well with grilled meats or sandwiches. Make baked beans from scratch using dried beans, or opt for quicker canned beans. Bake them in the oven, or try a slow cooker baked bean recipe.
Traditionally made from navy beans or pea beans and flavored with pork, molasses, and brown sugar, most baked bean recipes are descendants of Boston Baked Beans. Although starting with dried beans is a little more time-consuming than using canned beans, you'll love the authentic taste of your homemade baked beans. Follow these easy steps to make old-fashioned baked beans.
1. Soak the Beans
Dried beans are very hard, so soaking allows them to rehydrate and soften.
2. Cook the Beans
Even though the beans are soaked, they still need to be cooked until tender before adding the other ingredients and baking.
3. Add the Flavorings
4. Bake the Beans
Looking for a shortcut to making great baked beans? With a prep time of just 20 minutes and a cook time of 45 minutes, our canned bean recipe is easy to prepare. With a few simple additions, no one will know they're not made from scratch.
1. Prep the Bacon and Onions
2. Choose and Prep the Beans
3. Bake the Beans
Unique Baked Beans Recipes to Try
Once you learn how to make classic baked beans, you can add flavorings and extra ingredients to create your signature style of baked beans. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
-I'm Jennifer with the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen. Everyone loves hearty soups and stews, and beans are always a fantastic addition. But don't reach for a can, instead, try cooking dried beans. They have much better flavor and texture than canned beans. Yes, they can take awhile to cook, but we have a secret for par cooking dried beans that will help speed things up a bit. Now, in the Test Kitchen, before par-cooking, we always spread the beans out on a baking sheet and sort through them. Sometimes, there are small pebbles in there that should be thrown away. After sorting, rinse the beans in a colander under cold water to remove any surface sand. Transfer the beans to a Dutch oven and add enough water to cover. Then, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Off heat, let the beans stand in the hot water for an hour then drain. They won't be soft at this point, but they will be ready to add the recipes, like this French Country Soup to finish cooking until soft and tender. Cooking with dried beans isn't hard at all with secrets to success from Better Homes and Gardens. It's easy to make hearty dishes the whole family will love.