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Vermont Baked Beans

 Vermont Baked Beans
These baked beans are nothing like the canned variety you may be used to. The rich sauce has wonderful smokiness from chopped bacon and a subtle sweetness from maple syrup.—Elizabeth Horton, Brattleboro, Vermont
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + soaking Bake: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Directions

  • Soak beans according to package directions. Drain and rinse beans,
  • discarding liquid. Return beans to Dutch oven; add water. Bring to a
  • boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until
  • crisp; drain. Stir the onion, syrup, salt, mustard, pepper and bacon
  • into the beans.
  • Cover and bake at 300° for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until beans are
  • tender and reach desired consistency, stirring every 30 minutes.
  • Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 317 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 784 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 14 g protein.