Baked Beans

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Serves:6-8

These beans are nicely sweetened with just a touch of heat. They go together quickly using canned beans and cook in the oven for a no-fuss meal. Serve with steamed corn on the cob, baked potatoes and a tossed green salad.

Ingredients

  • 4-15 ounce cans great northern beans
  • 2-15 ounce cans mixed beans (see hints below)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • dash liquid smoke (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain beans and place in a large bowl. Place the onion, garlic and water in a small saucepan and cook until softened and water has evaporated. Add to beans. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Transfer to a covered casserole dish. Bake covered for 1 hour, then remove cover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Hint: Mixed beans are sometimes called chili beans. They are usually a variety of kidney, pinto and black beans. Or use your own variation of canned beans in this recipe, 6 cans total. These are always a favorite at potlucks.