Oh, how we love mail! Several of our faithful Club Members have contributed ideas and recipes and today we share one that will have you making plans to try this dish ASAP! We owe a debt of gratitude to Carol who thoughtfully sent her latest find: (Incidentally, Carol lives in Northeastern USA)
“Campbell’s” style pork beans
1 lb dried pea/navy beans, rinsed, sorted
1 T cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped fine
8 slices bacon, fried until crisp, drained and cut fine
2 tsp soy sauce (I used reduced sodium version)
1 and 1/2-2 cups water
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
3 T sugar
2 T corn starch
1 T cold water
1. Soak beans overnight (or use the quick soak method), drain, rinse. Cover with fresh water and bring to a boil
2. Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in 1 T cooking oil, until onions are translucent, set aside
3. Place beans into a crock pot and cover with 1 1/2-2 cups of the now hot cooking water. Add the soy sauce, onion/garlic mixture, bacon.
4. Cook on high for 2 hours, then set to low and continue cooking until beans are soft
5. Mix ketchup, oil, salt, sugar and add to softened beans in crock pot. Continue cooking on low, to allow flavors to blend.
6. Just before serving, mix a slurry out of the cornstarch and cold water. Carefully fold it into the beans. Let cook a bit more to allow the slurry to thicken the sauce.
I ended up making a double batch, we had some for supper tonight, and I have 2 meals’s worth of “Campbells” beans in the freezer. ~ Carol
Thank you again, Carol! We really appreciate your input!
Another Member, Charlene, has also sent us some great ideas; Mother Connie will save that for another post!
It is heartwarming to know that there are peeps ALL OVER THE GLOBE who are interested to help one another with managing food costs. The USA is not the only place where folks struggle to feed their family on a shoestring budget. If you are holding an EBT card for SNAP or WIC; if you frequent food pantries or use food commodities you know full well what’s going on with food costs. Our passion is to help people S T R E T C H food dollars and food budgets by offering nutritious, low cost menu ideas.
Oh, and speaking of ideas—I must tell you that it was our great pleasure to host Kay, a lovely woman from England recently. I was concerned about offering her a breakfast she would truly like to eat. I needn’t have worried…Kay told me she is accustomed to her “proper English breakfast” of beans on toast! I was surprised to hear this because it is so simple. But, just think–it provides complete protein and that is a great start for anyone’s day! Carol’s bean recipe would fill the bill perfectly but I am just as fond of refried beans on toast. When we use The Normanator’s home made bread, that is a VERY satisfying meal, indeed! And it would be a proper English breakfast, after all. grin
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