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Oven-Baked Beans

"MY AUNT baked her beans in a old earthenware crock in the wood stove. She'd stir them periodically with a big wooden spoon. Each time she opened the oven door, the aroma seemed richer and richer!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 70 min. + standing Bake: 2-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried navy beans
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, cut up
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper

Directions

  • Rinse beans; place in a Dutch oven with cold water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or, omit boiling and soak beans in water overnight.) Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to beans and soaking water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Drain, reserving cooking liquid. Combine the brown sugar, mustard, molasses, pepper and remaining salt. Stir in 2 cups reserved cooking liquid; add to beans with salt pork, onion, celery and green pepper. Spoon into 2-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  • Cover and bake at 325° for 2-1/2 hours or until beans reach desired thickness, stirring occasionally. Add more cooking liquid if necessary.

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  • moonbear36
    Nov 6, 2010

    very hearty meal.