With the summer holidays, pool parties, cook-outs, etc I like having a staple dish that I can whip up quickly and people remember as Legen————————————————————————————————–DARY! (Yep, my How I Met Your Mother dorkiness is coming out again! Seriously though, if you’ve never watched it and you’re between 25-35 then you really MUST watch it!!!)
I LOVE baked beans, but I don’t love slaving away in the kitchen during these HOT summer months. So I cheat. Yep, you heard me right…. I’m a cheater! I am not SuzyQ Homemaker, I do not have hours and hours to make everything from scratch. I like to think of myself as an aspiring Sandra Lee (no, not Sandra Dee- goody two shoes turned sexy vixen from Grease- another really good movie!). The Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade on Food Network.
If you notice ALL of my recipes are relatively easy. I don’t do complicated! But, I digress. Let me just tell you…. no one will know you cheated on these baked beans! Everyone thinks I make them from scratch and they have become the staple request when we’re invited to a BBQ. Err, well, I guess they don’t think that anymore….since I’ve written this post. Oh well, I’m here to share my secrets and make your life easier, right?!
2 Cans Bush’s Original Baked Beans
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar + 1/8 cup to sprinkle on top before baking
1 Small Onion- Diced
4 TBS Ketchup
2 TBS Mustard
4 Slices of Bacon (optional)
1. Mix together Baked Beans, brown sugar, onion, mustard (even if you don’t like mustard it’s very important for the flavor- we HATE yellow mustard but trust me- it’s needed), and ketchup in a casserole dish. Add bacon on top if you want- we rarely ever do- unless I want to be “fancy”.
2. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.