This dish is a winner for barbecues because it can be made the day before and reheated the day of the party. Canned beans make this easy to toss together.
1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, undrained
1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), undrained
1 (16-ounce) can lima beans, undrained
1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans, undrained
1 (16-ounce) can baked beans, undrained
6 bacon slices
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 garlic clove, crushed
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Drain beans in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup liquid. Set the beans and liquid aside.
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings in pan. Crumble bacon. Add onion to drippings in pan, and cook 10 minutes over medium heat or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in bacon, sugar, and remaining ingredients; cook over medium-low heat until thick and bubbly (about 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Combine beans, reserved bean liquid, and the onion mixture in a 3-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
I made this recipe for a get together with friends as soon as it appeared in the magazine. It was fabulous! Then I lost my copy of the magazine in a move. Bummer! Thankfully it is here and I can make it again. I found that I could use any kind of beans and it turns out great. Don't be afraid to substitute your favorite beans. Yum!
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