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Best Baked Beans! – Show 101

Best Baked Beans! – Show 101

Every time there’s a get together in my neighborhood the first thing that comes to mind, “I hope Linda brings her baked beans!” That’s how good these baked beans are! My friend and neighbor, Linda, graciously offered up her recipe so that I may share it with all of you. Linda titles the recipe “Sue’s Baked Beans” because she got the recipe from her sister Sue who got the recipe from their mom! No matter what the title it’s one great family recipe.

Just the thought of bacon, sauteéd onions and creamy beans and you’ve got my attention. These are a few of the ingredients that go into this Best Baked Beans recipe. Other key ingredients are brown sugar, honey mustard, garlic granules, and to balance out the whole dish  apple cider vinegar, of course.

It’s really fairly simple especially since the recipe calls for canned beans. Shhhh …no one has to know that, lol! These beans, in my opinion, taste like they are made from scratch. Our time is very valuable and if you can make baked beans that taste like this you’re one step ahead of the game. These best beaked beans are creamy, flavorful, and a wonderful balance between sweet and tangy making a great addition to grilled fish, chicken, pulled pork or sausages. These will become your go to baked bean recipe once you taste them!

For some other fun BBQ ideas, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Grilled-Marinated Steak on Skewers, Seared Sea Scallops or Stout Braised Pulled Beef Short Ribs and don’t forget to end the meal with some Homemade Hersheys Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake topped with GHOST Peeps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Bush Beans – Vegetarian (large can undrained)
  • Black beans- 15 oz. can (drained and rinsed)
  • Kidney beans – 15 oz. can (drained and rinsed)
  • Butter beans – 15 oz. can (drained and rinsed)
  • Cannelloni beans – 15 oz. can (drained and rinsed)
  • Bacon – 8 slices Boars Head
  • 2 to 3 onions (chopped)
  • ½ cup cider vinegar (add more if you like tangy vs. sweet)
  • 2 to 3 tbls. honey mustard
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add the 5 cans of beans to a large mixing bowl
  2. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp, drain on paper towels and then crumble into small pieces–save 2 tbls grease
  3. In the same skillet cook chopped onions in the 2 tbls bacon grease until soft
  4. Then add in the crumbled bacon, cider vinegar, brown sugar, honey mustard, garlic powder, and ground pepper and simmer for 10-15 minutes
  5. Pour this mixture over beans and mix well.
  6. Pour into baking crock or dish and bake at 350 degrees for one hour….delicious!

 

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Wow, these bacon wrapped scallops are a scrumptious hors ‘d oeuvre! They are wonderful by themselves but the sun-dried tomato aioli sauce just bring them to another flavor level. And you can make that sauce a day ahead of the scallops. It’s important to get the largest sea scallops you can find because they make for a perfectly filling appetizer without being over powered by the bacon. Boars Head Bacon is the best bacon to use for this dish because it doesn’t have a smokey or maple flavor that would compete with the taste of scallops. I have you cook the bacon half way thru too so you don’t end up with a piece of rubbery, under cooked bacon at the end. You don’t want to over cook the sea scallops worrying about the bacon being cooked thru. Since scallops are so rich you may want to serve some non-fish hors ‘d oeuvres like the best guacamole ever, zucchini torta, baked asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto, baked yukon potato fries with Greek yogurt remoulade, or mango-avocado salsa.

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Ingredients – serves 4 people with 2 scallops each or 8 people with 1 scallop each:

  • 1 lb. sea scallops (this will be approx. 8 ex-lg sea scallops)
  • 8 slices of Boars Head Bacon (don’t use other brands because some are too smokey and some are heavy on maple flavor)
  • 2 lg garlic clove put thru garlic press
  • 3 Tbsp of olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375º
  2. Cook 8 slices of bacon for approximately 10 minutes on medium heat until they are cooked half way thru and golden on the edges
  3. Drain half cooked bacon on paper towels
  4. Put 3 Tbsp olive oil in a medium size dish with 2 garlic cloves put thru garlic press
  5. Add Sea scallops to garlic and mix, fully coating the scallops with the garlicky oil
  6. Add in the bacon strips and also coat with the garlicky oil
  7. Begin to wrap the scallops with the bacon, the bacon should overlap about 1″ and you will have to cut off the last 1 1/2″ because the bacon will be too long
  8. Fasten a toothpick on an angle as shown in the photo above to hold the bacon in place while it’s cooking
  9. Heat a cast iron pan on high for about 2 minutes
  10. When hot add in bacon wrapped sea scallops and sear for 2 minutes
  11. Then flip them over and immediately put the pan into a pre-heated oven for 12 minutes
  12. Take out and serve with sun-dried aioli sauce

 

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These bacon wrapped water chestnuts are sweet and savory. You have that slightly smokey and salty flavor from the bacon, a sweet candy-like carmelization from the brown sugar, a little kick from the dry mustard and a lovely crunch from the water chestnut. All those amazing flavors packaged up in one little morsel!

Nut or vegetable?  Well I will tell you – a water chestnut is actually an equatic vegetable grown in marshes. Didn’t you always want to know that?   This water chestnut recipe came about from a Trader Vic’s recipe called Rumaki . Except this original recipe was done with chicken livers and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon with a wet marinade.  Now don’t get scared away . Even though I do love chicken livers sautéed with lots of chopped garlic and a crusty baguette this recipe is made without the liver or wet marinade for that matter.

It is some what comical too because your guests will think they are bacon wrapped scallops at first glance.  These homemade gourmet little morsels are a must try for the holidays. Your guest’s will love them. In fact, you better grab one before the tray goes out because it’s coming back empty!

IMG_4416If you are on an appetizer roll you ought to try my Crab Cakes with Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, or Baked Spinach & Feta Spankopita Triangles with Metaxa Mojito’s are to die for, Homemade Salmon Gravlax are one of my all time favorites and so easy to make with fresh dill sprigs and vodka or eau de vie! My “Steakhouse” Cream Spinach is a huge crowd pleaser. For dessert, a Best Blueberry Pie with My 5 Minute Pie Crust always calls out to me! ENJOY! 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans whole water chestnuts ( Geisha – approx 18 per can)
  • 1 lb. Boar’s Head bacon (sliced into 3″ strips)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp  Colemans dry mustard – (if you like it less spicy only use 1 tbsp)

Directions: 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375º
  2. Whisk brown sugar and dry mustard together in a medium size bowl
  3. Slice up the bacon into 3″ pieces
  4. Wrap each water chestnut on the bacon strip and roll-up,
  5. Then roll it around in the brown sugar mixture, you will need to press down a little to help the mixture adhere
  6. Place the appetizer’s seem side down on a cookie sheet
  7. You can use a silicone baking mat or Silpat to bake the bacon wrapped water chestnuts on, DO NOT USE FOIL because it will be stuck to the waterchestnut!
  8. Bake for approx. 15 minutes
  9. Do not flip them over
  10. The bottoms will be more caramelized then the tops so flip them over when you plate them to see the carmelization
  11. Be sure to let them cool a pinch before eating because the chestnuts get pretty hot along with the sugar
  12. These are a great party item because you can prep a day ahead, BUT DO NOT DREDGE them into the brown sugar mixture until right before you put them into the oven or they will get watery
  13. Just wrap chestnuts in bacon, place onto a cookie tray and pop them into the frig until you are ready for them