Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Thanksgiving Recipe

One of our family traditions for Thanksgiving is to do Trail Beans. This is your basic baked beans recipe, plus the beer of your choice. The taste is delicious! Even if you don't enjoy beer (I don't) this recipe is wonderful.

Grandpa's Trail Bean recipe

  • 2 cups navy beans
  • 1/2 pound bacon diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 green onion diced
  • 1 jar mushrooms (4-8oz)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 16 oz beer of your choice. (I like to use Samuel Adams, but it's good with any kind of beer you like)
  1. Wash beans and soak overnight. 
  2. Simmer beans for 1-2 hours in same water as you soaked the beans with. 
  3. Drain beans but reserve some of the water.
  4. In a casserole dish combine the beans, bacon, onion, molasses, salt, pepper, mushrooms, green onion, ketchup, brown sugar. 
  5. Add as much of the beer as you like. I just use one can or bottle. Then use the reserved bean water until there is about 1/2 inch of liquid above the beans. 
  6. Cover top with foil.
  7. Bake at 350 degree's for 3-4 hours. Add more liquid if necessary.
NOTE: If your feeling lazy and don't want to soak beans overnight, you can do this with canned baked beans.

2 can's of Bushes baked beans
Green onion

Simmer for 20-30 minutes on stove-top; stir occasionally to make sure you don't burn the bottom.


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