Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bell Pepper Baked Beans

We made these beans as a side dish the other night, and this was an easy and tasty way to dress up a regular can of baked beans.  The recipe, which I adapted from AllRecipes, calls for green bell pepper, which was great and gave it a very unique taste, but I'm sure it would be still be wonderful with the more traditional caramelized onion.  Yum!   It also says to heat them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes (thus making them baked beans), but if you're short on time, I'm sure you'd be fine just heating everything on the stove in a pot for a while.  

This recipe only yields 2-3 servings, so feel free to double or triple it for a family.  It's theperfect side for a summer barbecue (or for pretending this freezing winter will end soon!).  

Bell Pepper Baked Beans

 1 (15oz) can pork and beans, drained
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 strip bacon
3 Tbsp barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp mustard

In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove to a paper towel.  Saute green pepper in drippings until tender.  

In a bowl, pour drained can of beans, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, green pepper, and mustard.  Chop strip of bacon and add to mixture.  Pour into a greased 1 qt. baking dish.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes.  

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