These easy-to-make baked beans from author Margaret Roach are an ideal meal choice for vegetarians looking to up their protein intake. If you prefer spicy foods, add some hot sauce. Meat-eaters, try substituting thick-cut bacon for onions.
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2011
- 1 pound dried cranberry, navy, or yellow eye beans
- 1/4 cup molasses, preferably organic
- 1/4 cup grade A medium-amber maple syrup
- 1/4 cup grainy mustard
- 6 fresh, peeled, or canned whole plum tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
- Boiling water
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Place beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover; let soak overnight. Drain and return to pot; add enough water to cover and simmer over medium-high heat for 30 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; stir in molasses, maple syrup, mustard, and tomatoes. Set aside.
- Coat the bottom of a Dutch oven or a 9-by-13-inch high-sided baking dish with olive oil. Add onions and top with bean mixture. Add enough boiling water to cover bean mixture by 1 inch. Cover Dutch oven with lid or baking dish with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil. Transfer to oven and bake until beans are softened, about 1 1/2 hours, checking water level and adding more as necessary.
- Uncover beans and continue baking until thick and syrupy, about 45 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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