Apple Sausage Beans
- 1 package (12 ounces) uncooked maple breakfast sausage links
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans
- 1 large red apple, cubed
- 1. Cut sausage links into 1/2-in. pieces. In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain if necessary. Transfer to a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker.
- 2. In a small bowl, combine the apple juice, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, pie spice and nutmeg. Stir into same skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- 3. Add the beans, apple and apple juice mixture to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until apple is tender.
2/3 cup: 257 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 816mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein.
Jan 1, 2019I made these beans with a few modifications based on what I already had in hand and they were OUTSTANDING! I used a full pound of fresh ground chorizo in place of the breakfast sausage, apple cider in place of the apple juice, pumpkin pie spice in place of the apple pie spice, and Bush’s bourbon-flavored Grillin’ Beans for the baked beans. Followed directions exactly as written. These were incredible the first day I made them, but maybe even 10 times better reheated on low in the crock pot a couple days later. Sweet, saucy, thick, and the chorizo lent a nice, yet not overpowering bite to the beans. I had one guest in particular go back for forth and even fifth servings. This will definitely be my new go-to bean recipe!
Sep 2, 2013
Disappointed! Easy enough to prepare, but was too soupy more consistence of soup than baked beans.
Jul 3, 2011
I have made this recipe for a couple of family picnics and received some great comments. I like to use the maple flavored ground sausage myself.