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Maple Baked Beans

 Maple Baked Beans
Since my husband raises hogs and my parents produce maple syrup, this recipe's a natural for me! I usually prepare Maple Baked Beans just for us during the winter. In summer, I'll often make it for family picnics and get-togethers.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + standing Bake: 2-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 4 quarts water, divided
  • 6 slices bacon, cut up or 1 cup cooked ham cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 5 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Sort and rinse beans; place in a 4-qt. Dutch oven. Cover with 2 qts.
  • cold water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse
  • beans. Return beans to Dutch oven; cover with remaining water. Bring
  • to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until almost
  • tender. Drain and reserve liquid. In a 2-1/2-qt. casserole or bean
  • pot, combine beans with all remaining ingredients. Cover and bake at
  • 325° for 2-1/2 hours or until tender. Stir occasionally; add
  • reserved bean liquid, if necessary. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 280 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 453 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 46 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 10 g protein.