About this recipe:Perfect for feeding a crowd at a summer barbecue, this is a tasty twist on the classic American recipe for baked beans. The variety of beans used gives the dish great flavour, along with the streaky bacon. Try this for a break from the ordinary. If you don't have French's mustard to hand, substitute half a tablespoon of English mustard.
6 slices streaky bacon or pancetta
125g (4 oz) chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (400g) tin pinto beans, such as Biona Organic, drained
1 (400g) tin cannellini beans, drained
1 (400g) tin baked beans, such as Heinz
1 (400g) tin red kidney beans, drained
1 (400g) tin chickpeas, drained
180g (6 oz) ketchup
175g (6 oz) treacle
4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon French's Classic Yellow Mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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Place bacon in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings. Chop bacon and set aside in a large bowl.
Cook the onion and garlic in the reserved drippings until onion is tender; drain any excess grease and transfer to the bowl with the bacon.
To the bacon and onions add pinto beans, cannellini beans, baked beans, kidney beans and chickpeas. Stir in ketchup, treacle, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and black pepper. Mix well and transfer to a 23x30cm (9x12 in) casserole dish.
Cover and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Reckon I've never seen so many darn kind of beans in a baked bean dish! Shoot, I just use a couple cans of pork-n-beans and a little ketchup, mustard (none of that Dijon stuff mind you), brown sugar, and green bell pepper. I see you used the onion which I give you two thumbs up on, but what in tar-nation is treacle? Also, I don't get too high falutin with the meat. I just toss in a couple thick slices of good ol' bacon. I'll have to try that pancetta stuff though. Good recipe! Thank ya kindly for sharin' it. - 13 Aug 2011
This recipe is good, but I have to point out that it is not the kind of 'baked beans' common in the US. more accurate recipes for traditional homemade 'Baked Beans' (US style), search for 'Boston Baked Beans', 'BBQ Beans', or for a spicier variety 'Texas Beans.' - 22 Nov 2012
This is a good recipe, very similar to my own! To the other poster, treacle is similar to molasses, which, being an American, would be what I use in my baked beans. (When I make real English fruitcake, I have to substitute molasses for the treacle called for).
As for the various beans, I like to mix it up too! Try any combination of beans you like, just be sure to include at least one can of premade baked beans. I would use streaky bacon, or, to make this a meal, brown some ground beef (mince to you Brits) and add that before popping the whole thing in the oven! - 10 Sep 2012