Best Baked Beans Recipe
Owing to the fact that there is lots of bean consumption in a vegetarian's household, the chances of having a wide array of bean dishes is inevitable. We all want variety and even with beans, sampling of varied flavors is a must. I love taking time to cook - I mean I love baking and that's almost never a "I-will-have-everything-done-in-15-min" case. But now with a baby around along with my job, I find myself at an utter loss of organizational and time management skills. Agreed, I am a new mom and still trying to find myself with new responsibilities but have to confess that I am not liking the fact that I am in no control of my time.
Best Baked Beans Recipe
Hence, I am forced to come down from my "high seat" of wanting to do everything prim and proper in my kitchen and doing it all from scratch. I opt for speed and shortcuts. I am still not talking about buying packaged foods/canned anything from the stores. Not yet, at least. I am talking about stuff like making my own paneer, ghee or puff pastries etc which is pretty much non-existent at the moment. My bread baking has also taken a back seat although I can not think of a "bake" less (!!) life. Boston beans, that's normally baked/cooked for hours on end (as the name suggests) - something to the count of 6-7 hours in totality, is a classic. This version from the Author/chef Peter Berley is my go to recipe which takes less than one hour in total. About 45-50 minutes for me to be more precise without much prep work/or any work from my end. It does not compromise on the taste or the nutrition and saves bucket loads of time. I personally also like the fact that I do not have to resort to canned beans just to enjoy these yummy beans. The molasses and the spices makes these heavenly and nutritious.
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • 2 cups Navy beans, soaked overnight (or use pinto or Great Northern beans)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, chopped crosswise
  • 1 large carrot, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 (1/4 inch thick) slices ginger
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard (I did not use it)
  • Salt to taste
  • black pepper to season
1. In a pressure cooker, combine the beans, vegetables, garlic, cloves, ginger and bay leaf. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch.
2. Pressure cook it for 10-15 minutes. I cooked for 4 whistles.
3. Discard the vegetables and seasonings. Add the molasses, soy sauce, oil and mustard.
4. Return it to the stove top over medium heat and simmer the beans, uncovered for abt 20 minutes or until they are meltingly tender
5. and the liquid has thickened into a rich sauce.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot. Best Baked Beans Recipe

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By Holly Jajcaj on Dec 20, 2014

Hello, I would like to make these boston baked beans but I don't have a pressure cooker. How can I make them without one? thanks for your help. Holly :)

By Erica on Jul 21, 2011

Hey, if I were to make this in the crock pot, would I just add the ingredients from the first 2 steps, cook for 6 hours, remove the items in step 2 and add the remaining ingredients and cook for another 1 our so?? I would really love to make this, but I don't have a pressure cooker at the moment. Just found this site, and I LOVE it so far! I'll be hitting 2 years this August for Vegetarian, and I am trying to go a bit more Gluten Free too. Thanks!

By Divya Vikram on Jun 13, 2011

I love the way you have spiced up the beans :)

By Smita on Jun 8, 2011

So yumm !! i love beans and legumes in any form !

By Vardhini on Jun 8, 2011

Perfect for bean lovers like me .. Nice one .. easy and protein rich. Babies do change our life upside down .. hang it there .. it sure does get better :) Vardhini Event: Dish it Out - Spinach and Garlic Event: Healthy Lunchbox Ideas - Broccoli

By SJ on Jun 8, 2011

Lots of protein and easy too. I am thinking it will work with slow-cooker too.