Best Baked Beans

IMG_4173Delicious baked beans, packed with smoked bacon, ground beef, sweet peppers, and tender beans.

Hey guys! I recently hosted a barbecue and I made some of he best baked beans ever. I’m not just saying this because I made them either! I swear to you that people were raving about these bean ( and my ribs, macaroni salad, and etc). My mother even pulled me aside and asked me what I had put into the beans! When I had told them what I did,  no one believed me. They thought that I was lying. Even my husband said that there was no way in heck that such a delicious pot of baked beans, had such basic ingredients. Remind you, he watched me make it. He swore up and down that I had to put something else in the pot while he wasn’t looking. It was just that good!

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Here’s a few tips and adjustment that you can make

  • When using the canned baked beans, I suggest using your favorite can of baked beans. I got super lucky and found a generic brand that I loved, so I didn’t have to pay for an expensive brand.
  • If you are not of fan of peppers, of course you can leave them out
  • I would have used garlic if I had some on hand, however I was out of garlic. If you want to add garlic  suggest adding just 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Replace the pork bacon with turkey bacon if you don’t like pork
  • Replace the ground beef with ground chicken or ground turkey of you don’t like or eat beef
  • You can use white onions instead of yellow if you choose
  • After cooking the meat, be sure to drain the fat from the pan!

This pot of beans will feed about 10 people. Most people that taste these beans will want more than 1 serving, so If you have a large crowd I highly suggest you make enough for everyone to have seconds!

 

 

Best Baked Beans

Ingredients

1 lb bacon, chopped

1/2 ground beef

1 cup chopped sweet peppers

1 cup chopped yellow onion

2 tbsp dijon mustard

3 tbsp ketchup

2 tbsp molasses

1/2 cup brown sugar

28 oz canned baked beans

28 oz can navy beans, drained

Instructions

  1. Start to brown the bacon and ground beef over medium high heat.
  2. Drain all of the fat from the pot or pan.
  3. Add in the sweet peppers and onions.
  4. Stir the ingredients until everything is well combined.
  5. Add in the dijon mustard, molasses, and ketchup, and stir.
  6. Add the brown sugar, and stir.
  7. Now add in the baked beans, along with the broth from the can.
  8. Next, add the navy bean, but be sure to drain the liquid from the can, it is not needed.
  9. Stir the ingredients, and reduce the heat down to medium.
  10. Cover the beans, and cook for 35 to 45 minutes.
  11. Serve.
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Don’t forget to check out my recipe for Creamy Macaroni Salad! It will go great with thee baked beans!

Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

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In this post we’re making Southern Green Beans and Potatoes. My mother used to make this dish as a main dish when I was younger, and she would serve it along with cornbread. During the holidays, or for Sunday dinner, I serve this as a side dish.

This recipe is super easy. It has your carbs, your vegetables, and your meat so you are good to go. I highly suggest serving this along with my buttermilk cornbread because the two pair nicely!

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think.

Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green beans, washed and cut

1/2 lb ham cubes

4 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 tbsp minced garlic

6 cups water

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Place the ham and onions into a large pot. Drizzle the vegetable oil into the pot, and turn the heat to medium. Brown the ham, and the onions then pour in the water.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium high, and let boil for 30 minutes.
  3. Add in the green beans, and reduce the heat to medium.
  4. Cook for 10-15 minutes, then add in the potatoes.
  5. Cook until the potatoes are tender.
  6. Serve!
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Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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If you love all things creamy and cheesy, you are in for a special treat! I recently made the best pot of creamy cheddar garlic mashed potatoes. It was simply out of this world. The combination of creamy potatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese if enough to make anyone’s mouth water, but I also added minced garlic. Honey, these potatoes are truly delicious.

I served the potatoes with my turkey meatloaf , and green beans. Dinner was definitely a hit that night.

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think!

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Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

5 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 tbsp salted butter

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 cup half and half

2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

enough water to boil the potatoes

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes until tender, then drain.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of butter to a pan, and melt it over medium heat.
  3. Once the butter is melted, add it the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the drained potatoes into the pan, and mashed to potatoes.
  5. Pour in 1/2 cup of the half and half, then stir the potatoes. Pour in the remaining half and half, and stir the potatoes until smooth.
  6. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper. Stir.
  7. Sprinkle in the cheese, and fold in.
  8. Serve!
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Four Cheese Green Bean Casserole

I’ve been on the internet for years and I’ve never shared my recipe for my infamous green bean casserole. Can you believe it?! I can’t! After many request for a green bean casserole, I think it’s finally time to share this crowd pleasing recipe with you folks. Here is my super easy four cheese green bean casserole. This casserole is going to make all of the other green bean casserole take a bake seat. Best of all, it’s super easy to make, and quick to put together. Make sure you have this dish on Turkey day, your family and friends will thank you

Four Cheese Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients

1 lb frozen green beans

15 oz can of cream of chicken soup

1 small yellow onion, chopped

2 cups chicken broth

1 lb cooked chicken or turkey breast

1/4 cup shredded or cubed harvarti cheese

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded

1/4 cup smoked gouda cheese, shredded or cubed

1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup crispy fried onions

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl add the cream of chicken soup, and chicken broth. Mix well.
  2. Choose a baking dish and place the green beans, onions cheeses( only 1/4 cup of the mozzarella at this time). and seasonings.
  3. Use a kitchen spoon to mix the ingredients.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth/cream of chicken soup mixture over the the other ingredients, then fold the ingredients in using your kitchen spoon.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top of the casserole.
  6. Cover the baking dish with a lid or foil.
  7. Bake on 350 F for 40 minutes, COVERED.
  8. Remove the casserole out of the oven after 40 minutes, and uncover.
  9. Stir the casserole.
  10. Sprinkle the crispy fried onions on top of the casserole, then place the casserole bake into the oven for an additional 15 minutes, UNCOVERED.
  11. Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  12. ENJOY!
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