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Tuesday’s Taste Tempters 8.22.12

Tuesday’s Taste Tempters 8.22.12

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:00 pm

Today’s recipe comes from Just A Pinch and was submitted to that website by Michelle Mertz of Harrisburg, Pa.

Baked Beans, Aldine Hotel Style

4 pounds canned, northern beans (undrained)
2 cups white sugar
2 talblespoons white vinegar
3/4 pound bacon, uncooked
black pepper
1 large onion

Freeze the bacon first so that it is easy to cut. Cut the bacon up in bite-sized pieces.
Drain the beans, reserving the liquid in a big bowl. Make sure you don’t discard the bean liquid. Put the beans in a 9 x 13 or larger pan.
To the bean liquid, mix in sugar, vinegar, diced onion and black pepper. Pour over top of beans and stir.
Bake at 350 degrees for 3-4 hours. The bacon will get nice and brown. You will want to stir every hour or more often to ensure even cooking.
I add a little bit of water every once in awhile when I stir, if it seems as if the liquid is being too absorbed. Be very generous with sprinkling black pepper often, as well.
I have never salted the beans or this dish, as the bacon gives it plenty of salt flavor, I have found. You also can pop all of this in the crockpot and cook on low, then brown a bit in the oven when you are ready.

Published in The Messenger 8.21.12

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