Here's a smart new smoky spin on baked beans, substituting field peas for traditional white beans. Use a mix of different kinds, such as crowders, lady peas, and butter beans.
1 cup hickory wood chips
Vegetable cooking spray
1 pound fresh shelled field peas or beans (about 4 cups)
4 cups boiling water
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 garlic bulb, cut in half crosswise
1 bay leaf
4 firm medium-size beefsteak tomatoes, cored
6 bacon slices, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
How to Make It
Soak wood chips in water 30 minutes; drain. Coat cold grill grate with cooking spray. Light 1 side of grill, heating to 400° to 500° (high); leave other side unlit. Place wood chips in center of a 12-inch square piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil; wrap to form a packet. Pierce several holes in packet; place directly over heat.
Combine peas and next 4 ingredients in a 13- x 9-inch disposable aluminum foil pan. Place peas over unlit side of grill, and grill, covered with grill lid, 1 hour or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain peas, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid. Discard garlic bulb, thyme, and bay leaf.
Halve tomatoes, and grill, covered with grill lid, 2 minutes on each side. Cool 10 minutes. Discard skins; chop tomatoes.
Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 4 minutes or until crisp. Reserve 2 Tbsp. drippings in saucepan. Add chopped garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, molasses, and next 2 ingredients; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring often, 5 minutes. Stir peas, salt, pepper, and 3/4 cup reserved cooking liquid into tomato mixture; cook, stirring often, 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Adjust seasoning with more vinegar, molasses, salt, and pepper, if desired.
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I have an old recipe from Southern Living for Maple Heights Baked Beans. I make them during the summer when we grill out. Everyone loves them and I never have leftovers. But I think this recipe might replace them. I didn't have room on my grill so I just cooked these on the stove top. They came out great! My husband couldn't get enough of them. Two weeks later, he's still talking about these Peas!
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