Maine Baked Beans

Melody U.

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@ElfiePoo

While teaching in a one room schoolhouse off the coast of Maine, I became good friends with one of the lobster fisherman's wife. She passed on her version of baked beans. I serve it with either homemade steamed brown bread or cornbread (have posted both recipes). This is a favorite Saturday night meal along with apple pie for dessert.


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Serves:

5-6

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

6 Hr

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 lb
dried beans (jacob's cattle beans are the best)
1 medium
onion, quartered
1/4 lb
salt pork
2 Tbsp
sugar
1/2 c
dark molasses
1 tsp
dry mustard
1/4 tsp
pepper
3/4 Tbsp
salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Rinse beans and pick over to make sure there are no stones. Place in large bowl and cover with water (at least 1" above beans). Let sit overnight.
2
In morning, parboil the beans until the skins crack when blown upon (maybe 10-15 minutes).
3
Cut onion into quarters and place in bottom of bean pot or a 4 quart casserole. Drain beans and pour over onion. Slice salt pork and lay on top of beans.
4
Mix sugar, molasses, mustard, pepper and salt with 2 cups of boiling water. Pour over pork and beans. If necessary, add more boiling water until beans are covered.
5
Bake, covered at 300 deg F for 6 hours, adding more boiling water as the beans cook (if necessary.
6
Serve with steamed brown bread or corn bread.
NOTE: Beans can be cooked in crockpot but will be a bit more soupy. Not a bad thing. Just different.
BEANS: Jacob's cattle beans are the best and I usually order 10# at a time online. They're worth it. May also use kidney beans, red beans or navy beans (my least favorite).

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom