Monday, July 6, 2009

Rosie's Baked Beans and a Celebration

Our Fourth of July dinner was a traditional feast this year, with Nathan's hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, deviled eggs, and baked beans. Dessert was homemade Heath Bar ice cream. In other words, a total pig-out.

In the early 1970s, a wonderful gal named Rosie shared with me her baked bean recipe (she also taught me to crochet), and I have never been interested in any other recipe.

Rosie's Baked Beans
4 slices bacon (nitrate-free Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon imparted a wonderful smoky flavor to these beans)
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 – 1 lb cans pork and beans, undrained
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar

In a large skillet, fry bacon till crisp. Drain, reserving 2 teaspoons grease, in which onions are sautéed till tender. Mix remaining ingredients into skillet, along with crumbled bacon. Pour into lightly greased baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Dessert could not be easier--into my Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker, I placed whipping cream, milk, half and half, sugar, crushed Heath Bars.

The perfect end to our Fourth celebration was the arrival of nature's own fireworks in the form of a noisy, windy thunderstorm.


  1. It was a perfect summer day...good food, family, relaxation and a late thunderstorm!! :)

  2. The beans look wonderful. I can't imagine summer cook-outs without baked beans. I wish I weren't lactose intolerant because your ice cream also looks wonderful!

  3. granny got a storm on July 4? lol. We had rain all day long. Actually, we had rain all week long...

    The baked beans look so yummy and I could reach right in and grab that bacon from ya!

  4. I've never in my life doctored up a can of beans because I didn't know I was supposed to LOL Well now I am just going to hustle my way to the grocer's just to make these!

  5. Jenni, it really was fun; I'm already looking forward to next year!

    Judy, I wonder if you can sub soy milk???

    HoneyB, that bacon is to die for!

    Katy, I love the "gravy" that results around the beans.


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