Recipe

Miss Hilda's Baked Beans

<p>If you don't have time to soak the beans overnight, do a quick soak.&nbsp; Add the beans to a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil.&nbsp; Remove from the heat and allow them to sit for 1 hour.&nbsp; Drain the beans, discard the liquid, and proceed with the recipe.</p>

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours plus time for soaking beans overnight
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Miss Hilda's Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans, picked over and soaked overnight in water to cover
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups water
  • Chicken broth, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound salt pork, trimmed and cut into cubes
  • 4 ounces chopped bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 F.

  • Drain the beans and put them in a pot with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, the salt, and bay leaves. Add 8 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the beans are just tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain the beans and reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid.  If there isn't enough cooking liquid remaining, add chicken broth so that you have 1 1/2 cups total reserved.

  • Heat the oil in a large ovenproof pot or Dutch oven over high heat. Add the salt pork and bacon and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add the ketchup, reserved cooking liquid, onions, celery, mustard, garlic, black pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon cayenne. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the beans and stir gently to mix. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Transfer the beans to the oven and bake for 1 hour.  Stir the beans and add the brown sugar and addtional chicken broth, about 1/2 cups.  Continue to cook 1 hour longer until the beans are very tender. Remove from the oven and serve hot. Remove the bay leaves before serving.