Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fun with a Can of Baked Beans

We keep a few cans of beans in the pantry in case we need a side dish for a simple meal. We almost never make the can plain, as sold. It's not that they're bad; they're quite good. It's more like gee, we could have fun with this. Let's make that can of beans into --

Denver (no omelet) Beans

1 can (28 oz.) Bush's original baked beans
Sautee ingredients:
green pepper
red bell pepper
red onion
lemon pepper
cayenne pepper
white pepper
smoky Tabasco sauce
minced garlic

Simmer beans in medium pan over low heat.
Saute peppers and onions in olive oil until soft. Add to simmering beans.
Add a dash of each spice to simmering beans.
Simmer until warmed through.
Serve with fresh chopped tomato on top to balance the spiciness.

Calico Beans

One can (28 oz.) Bush's original baked beans
One can (14 oz.) butter beans
Touch of brown sugar
Dash of balsamic vinegar

Mix both types of beans, sugar, and balsamic vinegar, and simmer in a medium pot until warm.

Beans and Weenies

Leftover beans, plain or either of the kinds above.
1 leftover hot dog, bratwurst, or any cooked sausage. Best if grilled.

Slice sausage. Mix into beans. Heat until warm. Serve for lunch or solo supper; a classic leftover.
This is one of Amigo's favorites. He makes it himself.

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