This evening we hosted a bit of a crowd for the World Cup game. I never did stop to do a head count of the boys’ friends, but I’m fairly certain over 20 people were stuffed on the couches in two different rooms… We served mixed grill – flank steak, chicken and sausages. Roast potatoes, mixed berries and Caesar salad were also on the buffet. And of course, whenever we host a crowd, I make my Aunt Jackie’s Hawaiian baked beans. This is the only baked beans recipe I have ever made. It’s pretty simple – I strongly believe it’s a perfect recipe. Let’s be honest, if you add bacon, brown sugar, sautéed onions and cheddar to a standard baked beans recipe, it’s going to be awesome. I must add it is Michael’s most requested side dish.
As my blog collection of favorite recipes grows, I realized the list simply wouldn’t be complete without including it. I have been eating these beans at Aunt Jackie’s house for as long as I can remember – though I have no idea why they are “Hawaiian.” Does anyone? Not that it matters… but do bookmark this recipe for your next barbecue… you won’t be disappointed.
Even if you are deeply disappointed when Portugal scores with seconds left in the game… (We had it! sigh…)
Jackie's Hawaiian Baked Beans
- 1 can (14 ounce) cannellini beans, drained
- 1 can (14 ounce) red kidney beans, drained
- 1 large can (28 ounce) vegetarian baked beans
- 5 slices bacon
- 1 onion, chopped (medium)
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup diced sharp Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°. In a 9×13″ baking dish (or other oven round or oval dish of roughly the same size), combine drained cannellini beans, drained kidney beans and baked beans. Mix well and set aside. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and crumble. Add chopped onions to bacon drippings in pan and sauté until softened. To beans in baking dish, add crumbled bacon, sautéed onions and drippings, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and diced sharp Cheddar cheese. Bake in oven for 1 hour. Makes about 8 servings.
Source: Jackie Doddridge