I think it was around Christmas when I mentioned that I had gotten some dried heirloom beans and a cookbook from Rancho Gordo. I usually go for the convenience of canned, but one weekend I decided to go ahead and get some Yellow Eye beans soaking. I totally dropped the ball on photographing these beans, as they were quite lovely.
While they were soaking, I decided to try a recipe for baked beans, as I thought they might be a good addition to a bbq. After soaking, they get cooked for awhile on the stovetop. While it took awhile for the beans to soften, it was a "get it simmering and leave it while you do other things" kind of time. Then it was time to meet some onions and sauce overnight in the crockpot.
I followed the recipe straight from the cookbook so I urge you to check it out (I couldn't find it online). If the way these beans tasted is any indication, I'd totally pick up the cookbook :) If you're in the market for a baked beans recipe... shoot me an email.
When I woke up the next morning and went out to the kitchen I seriously contemplating eating them for breakfast. Instead I packed them up for lunch with an oven-roasted sweet potato (really, it's the only way!) and some cottage cheese (not in the picture). Absolutely amazing.
I raved about the meal to my friend who gave me the beans, and had her over for dinner the following week. Of course I had to make more of those baked beans :) I couldn't get them out of my head! This time I served the beans over a bed of roasted kale and oven-roasted sweet potatoes. They were a hit, and I'm thinking I might need to order more yellow-eye beans...
Do you liked baked beans?? Have you ever (or regularly) cooked your beans from scratch??