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Boston Baked Beans

Recipe photo courtesy of Dana Gallagher

Many hours of cooking over low heat brings complexity to the flavor of baked beans. Some home cooks shy away from baking beans, wary of the long cooking time, but the amount of actual labor involved is minimal.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2000



Cook's Notes

Soak the beans the night before you cook them. The next day, begin cooking seven hours before you plan to eat. Beans cooked in a six-quart terra-cotta bean pot have a richer flavor and finer texture, but you can also use a cast-iron Dutch oven.

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  • ALR9837740DW
    7 MAY, 2017
    This makes a most excellent pot of baked beans! I adapted it for our vegan household by omitting the salt pork, adding liquid smoke to make up for the change. For me, using a vintage or antique bean pot/jug is a must: there is no comparison between the beans made in a bean pot versus any other vessel. My bean pot holds only 3 quarts, so I simply halve the recipe. I love that you can use the beans without having to pre-boil them! By the 6 hour mark they are tender and suspended in a rich, thick sauce--perfect served as a main dish with brown or cornbread and a salad, as a delicious side, or even as beans on toast for brunch.
  • rln58
    25 NOV, 2016
    What size does the bean pot need to be?
  • trudytcsdgmai
    8 OCT, 2016
    I made these in my crockpot on high for 5 hours and used 1/8 tsp of ground cloves as I did not have whole cloves. They are now a favorite in our house! Thank you so much!!!
  • Margiesbl
    16 JUL, 2015
    I made them in my crock pot. On low, 10 hours, then lid off 2 hours. I only put 4 cloves in the onion and the clove flavor was plenty. Also, no need to de-seed the canned plum tomatoes. Delicious on a baked potato, in a quesadilla, stuffed and baked in a tomato and of course as a side dish.
  • lovehoppies
    24 DEC, 2014
    It does not say what size cans for the tomatoes.
    • MS10052095
      27 DEC, 2014
      I understood it to be 4 actual tomatoes?
  • veralea
    9 OCT, 2013
    This was so worth the time. You don't need to pay it any attention in the oven and it comes out perfectly!

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