Maple Baked Beans aren’t just for summer bbq, they make a great side for that Easter ham.
Starting to plan your Easter dinner? It’s not that far away. Even though I love love love me some delicious turkey, I usually plan for a roasted ham at Easter. My famous Maple Baked Beans as a side to the ham along with a big green salad, wow, a simple and delicious meal!!
O.K. so is it weird to be famous for baked beans? These beans are (’cause you know me by now…) really thick, sweet and gooey. I love the mix of maple syrup and smoky bacon with the hearty texture of the beans. I also love the fact that because you use canned beans, it comes together in no time flat (’cause you know me by now…).
See that big chunk of bacon? These Maple Baked Beans have a lot of bacon. Yes, almost a whole package. If you don’t like bacon, turn away now. Keep in mind baked beans are really hearty and filling (great fibre) so you only need a small amount to get your fill. Don’t feel guilty, dig in!
- 8-12 slices of bacon, chopped
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 (540mL) cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 4 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 Tbsp brown sugar
- ½ cup water - optional - It depends on how thin you like the sauce. I like mine thick, so I don't add any water. Add more if you like it thin.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, fry bacon until almost cooked. Remove to a small bowl. Drain fay leaving ¼ cup in pan.
- Add onions and sauté until softened. Bring bacon back to pan and stir in all other ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for one hour. Remove from oven and stir. Serve as a main dish or great side to ham.