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Boston Baked Beans and Franks

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 13 hr 50 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 8 servings
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Looking for a filling dinner recipe? Then check out these hot franks that are baked Boston-style using navy beans, bacon and veggies.

Ingredients

1
(1-lb.) pkg. (about 2 cups) dried navy beans, rinsed
4
quarts (16 cups) water
1/4
cup chopped green bell pepper
2
slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1
small onion, chopped
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon dry mustard
1/4
teaspoon pepper
3/4
cup molasses
1
(1-lb.) pkg. (about 8) coarse-ground franks or hot dogs

Steps

  • 1 In Dutch oven, combine beans and 2 quarts (8 cups) of the water. Cover; soak at room temperature for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 2 Drain beans, discarding liquid. In same Dutch oven, combine beans and remaining 2 quarts water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender.
  • 3 Heat oven to 300°F. Spray 3-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Drain beans, reserving 3 cups of the liquid. In large bowl, combine reserved 3 cups bean liquid, bell pepper, bacon, onion, salt, mustard, pepper and molasses; mix well. Pour into sprayed casserole. Cover.
  • 4 Bake at 300°F. for 4 hours, adding up to an additional 1 cup water as needed. Remove from oven. Uncover; arrange franks over beans. Return to oven; bake, uncovered, an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until franks are thoroughly heated.
  • 1 In Dutch oven, combine beans and 2 quarts (8 cups) of the water. Cover; soak at room temperature for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 2 Drain beans, discarding liquid. In same Dutch oven, combine beans and remaining 2 quarts water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender.
  • 3 Heat oven to 300°F. Spray 3-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Drain beans, reserving 3 cups of the liquid. In large bowl, combine reserved 3 cups bean liquid, bell pepper, bacon, onion, salt, mustard, pepper and molasses; mix well. Pour into sprayed casserole. Cover.
  • 4 Bake at 300°F. for 4 hours, adding up to an additional 1 cup water as needed. Remove from oven. Uncover; arrange franks over beans. Return to oven; bake, uncovered, an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until franks are thoroughly heated.

Expert Tips

Boston baked beans is a classic New England recipe that blends the sweetness of molasses with the richness of salt pork. In Puritan times, navy beans and pea beans were combined with brown sugar, molasses and salt pork. The casserole was baked for hours on Saturday, in quantities large enough to serve Saturday night as well as on Sunday, when cooking was not permitted.

This casserole is made with frankfurters, a popular modern addition to the original recipe. Bacon gives the dish a smoky flavor.

Before you soak dried beans, remove any small pebbles that may have slipped past the bean sorter during packaging. Then soak the beans in four times the volume of water, removing any “floaters.”

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
470
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
28%
Saturated Fat
7g
35%
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Sodium
950mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate
58g
19%
Dietary Fiber
14g
56%
Sugars
20g
20%
Protein
20g
20%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 1 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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