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spicy apple baked beans

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Cindy Ferguson
Shepherdsville, KY

One of my three teenage sons loves all things apple. He's not a big bean fan though. The other two sons love baked beans. With this yummy twist on baked beans, I satisfied all three of them. However, my husband was the one who raved the most. It's a hit at our house and wherever I take it.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Who knew that sausage and apples in baked beans would be so good?! The spicy/sweet combination in this recipe is divine. Chunks of apple are a tasty surprise and pair well with the sausage. There's only a hint of the nutmeg... it leaves your taste buds wondering what's that spice. This hearty side dish will be the perfect addition to your BBQ when you want to serve an untraditional baked beans recipe.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 8 -12
prep time 20 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For spicy apple baked beans

  • 55 oz
    can of Bush's original baked beans
  • 1 lg
    apple (I used Fuji), diced or cut into chunks
  • 1/2 c
    natural applesauce
  • fresh grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp
    Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch
    small pinch, cayenne pepper
  • 2-4 Tbsp
    brown sugar, light
  • 1 lb
    hot ground sausage (I used venison sausage)
  • 1 sm
    onion, diced

How To Make spicy apple baked beans

Test Kitchen Tips
Depending on how big you cut your apples you may have to bake this a bit longer for the apples to soften.
  • Browning the sausage.
    Brown the sausage with the onions. Drain off grease.
  • Applesauce, apple chunks, mustard, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
    Place the applesauce, apple chunks, mustard, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper into a bowl. Grate in fresh nutmeg (it only takes a little nutmeg too much will overpower the other flavors). Stir together until mixed well.
  • Mix the spicy apple mixture into the beans.
    In a large bowl, mix the spicy apple mixture into the beans. Fold in sausage and onions.
  • Beans baking in the oven.
    Bake in a glass or stoneware dish at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.