January 9th – Smoked Beans

Our temperature isn’t rising yet, but at least the sun is shining this morning. It looks quite picturesque, sunshine sparking on the ice and snow. Fortunately, I can enjoy the sight from the warmth and comfort of my livingroom.

We are still focusing on warm comfort food to see us through this cold spell. Last night’s main dish was one that I acquired the recipe for back in the late ’70s. My ex and I were living in small town Saskatchewan – Mankota, to be precise. There was the bank where my ex worked, a post office, a hospital, and the Mankota Co-op food store. The local entertainment consisted of getting together for pot luck suppers. The company was okay and the food was usually pretty decent, as people tended to bring their best, tried and true dishes. Carol, the bank manager’s wife, brought smoked beans. It was always a hit and she was happy to share the recipe. Over the years it has become a family favourite, and the recipe has been shared repeatedly.

Browning the ground beef, onion, and red pepper
Supper is served! Smoked beans, garlic toast, and a generous side salad.
  • Smoked Beans
  • Brown one pound ground beef – drain well
  • Add one chopped medium onion and one chopped red pepper. Cook until onions are translucent
  • Add one teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Add five slices of chopped cooked bacon
  • Remove from heat
  • Add two fourteen ounce cans of brown beans
  • Add one nineteen ounce can of kidney or mixed beans (I used Blue Label Six Bean Medley)
  • Add 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • Add one tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Add 3/4 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • Stir well
  • Cover and cook in oven for 45 minutes at 325 degree

Note #1 – If you are not ready to serve supper in 45 minutes, turn the temperature down to 250 degrees and stir every half hour. As long as it is kept covered, it will be fine.

Note #2 – If you are feeding anyone who is allergic to seafood – skip the Worcester sauce or at least insure that your brand does not contain anchovies!! Many restaurants use it in a number of nonsea food dishes like baked beans and Caesar salad dressing.

That’s it for today! Take care and have a great day!