Thursday, 8 April 2010

Maple Baked Beans with Sausage

Well, after last weeks short but intense summer it's back to more wintery temperatures. Brr. More than a few little plants are going to regret sticking their noses up but that's what they get for living in this climate.

What we get for living in this climate is a last chance to make a big pot of baked beans. With maple syrup because it's that time of the year, and with sausage because, hey! Sausage.

4 to 6 servings
30 minutes prep time - allow 2 days to complete

1 lb dried white pea beans (navy beans)
1 lb lean pork breakfast sausage
1 large onion

1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons hot mustard powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sage

Rinse and pick over the beans, and put them in a large pot with water to cover them generously. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and soak them, covered, for at least an hour. Continue the boiling and soaking cycle several times until the beans are tender. You can simmer them gently towards the end to finish them off if you like.

When the beans are ready, peel and chop the onion. Brown the sausage in a large skillet (cut it up into bite-sized pieces if you like; I recommend this if it is not the usual fairly small breakfast sausages.) Add the onion bits half-way through the browning process and let them cook down a bit.

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Drain the beans and put them in a large casserole dish. Save the cooking water, and mix 2 cups of it with the remaining ingredients. Mix this into the beans, along with the sausages and onion. Top up with more bean cooking water until the top layer of beans appears to float.

Bake at 300°F for 4 to 5 hours, until well browned.

Last year at this time I made Chick Pea, Tomato & Cucumber Salad.


scribe said...

what a lovely thought for a cold, rainy day like today!

Ferdzy said...

Yeah, and *snow* tonight; at least up here. I'm hoping this is the end though!

Joanne said...

This weather is driving everyone crazy! At least you get baked beans out of it. That's a plus.