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Another rant about home made baked beans

baked beans
I know I have waxed the lyrical, stood atop my soap box spruked about and just down right pleaded with you to make your own baked beans. They are a totally different world of awesome. If you do not believe me and choose a path of abstinence from making your own beans then there is nothing more I can do to help you. You are on your own now child.

There are several rules when making top notch baked beans;

1. Get some smoked pork in there; Good baked beans owe a debt of gratitude to a good ham bone or smoked sausage, it just improves the flavour of these little legumes ten fold. Unless you are vegetarian or one of the other groups of people out there who are wrong about smoked pork. Except Muslims… I got no beef with them… wait, no pork I should say… beef should be A.O.K
2. Bake the beans; They are called baked beans for a reason. They can not get the same oven-generated crusty bits when cooked on the stove top and so lack a little extra depth of flavour (I’m sorry you had to read those words. I should definitely have prefixed them with a large, illuminated sign that read “wanker alert”). Also, they are more prone to sticking and burning with the direct heat from the burner. Pretty shit time all round actually…
3. Read points 1 and 2 again before you move on

This recipe is not one of those times where you have to follow it to the letter. Use different beans if you want, different herbs or whatever you got. As long as you have a bit of good smoked or cured pork product in there (you can even use salami as the meat product if you want) I garantee, yes guarantee, you will be a happy camper. Unless of course you are actually camping but hate the outdoors, in which case I can guarantee you will not be a happy camper. I’ve really got to get my story straight somewhere along the line.

From this...

From this…

To this...

To this…

To this... served up with morcilla, cottage cheese, egg and rocket, and the remainder portioned and frozen down behind the postman :)

To this… served up with morcilla, cottage cheese, egg and rocket, and the remainder portioned and frozen down behind the postman 🙂


3x 400g tins canellini or navy beans
2x 400g tins crushed tomatoes
300-400g ham bone or ham hock or some smoked sausage eg.chorizo
1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme, or a mix of both, or whatever herbs you like (you’ll work your favourite combo in time I’m sure)
Some kind of chilli. I had 1 fresh long green chilli but a good pinch of dried chilli flakes or a splash of hot sauce would do the trick, and a fresh jalepeno would be really good
A splash of BBQ or worcestshire sauce if you’re feeling it
Eggs (cooked), toasted sourdough, cottage cheese (or feta or pecorino), fresh herbs and olive oil are always good for that final “yeah I’m boss at this shit” flourish to serve
• Sweat off ham or sausage (hmmm, sweaty sausage. Tastes heaps better then it sounds), onion and spices
• Add beans and tomato, cook in 170C oven for 1 hour (possibly a little longer if you are using ham hock as it will need a little time to soften up), stirring a couple of times
• Check seasoning
• Serve with all the stuff it says up there
• I like to make a batch that is double to triple the size of this recipe so I can freeze it down in portions in the boxed icey tundra that is my freezer, right behind the postman… er, let’s just pretend you didn’t read that. He was a nasty prick though… had it coming…

31 comments on “Another rant about home made baked beans

  1. Conor Bofin says:

    Love it. I wish our freezer was postman sized. Not that the postie is a bad chap. But, I could use the space.

    1. A big freezer is great but two smaller freezers will still do the trick… 😜
      Cheers Conor

    2. Tess says:

      Si si Aurélie mais bon… J’avais envie d’un nom de tête d&2hc17;affi#8e ^^ Puis en F… Mis à part Françoise ou Filomène.. J’ai pas trouvé quelque chose qui me plaisait ^^En tout cas elle a un sacré caractère pour deux mois ! Va falloir serrer les vis rapidement !

  2. cheergerm says:

    Homemade baked beans are on my every increasing ‘to do’ list…will have to get my porky umami flavour from elsewhere due to a rampant streak of vegetarianism that runs in this family. This looks bloody tasty Mr F. (Poor Postie, however, a freezer that could fit a Postie is quite an enviable thing….)

    1. Hmmmm, some caramelised onion and a little extra bbq sauce could help you out…
      And like I said to Conor, it doesn’t need to be one big freezer, two smaller freezers would also do the trick… What, after all of the chopping and whatnot 😜
      Cheers Mrs Cheer

  3. Mr Fitz says:

    If you take the shoulders off it helps fit everything in… Ahem

    1. You know what I’m talking about 😁

  4. This looks sooo amazing. I love homemade baked beans- your recipe definitely looks like a winner 🙂

    1. Why thank you. Give them a bash – I’m sure they won’t disappoint 😜

  5. sam says:

    Looks awesome!

    1. Thanks Sam. The taste was certainly up there too 😁

  6. You’re preaching to the choir m8 … you had me at “smoked Pork” 🙂
    *insert drool*

    1. Always with the drooling over the smoked pork 😁

      1. I am what I am m8 … it can’t be helped … *sigh*

  7. I would try this..if my damn husband ever quits throwing the ham bone away after dinner. And no, that’s not a euphemism.

    1. Bahahahaha. Thats great. Yes do get him save it 😜

  8. Those are serious baked beans….very sexy indeed, my man:)

    1. Serious but sexy… Sounds like a girl I knew… 😁

  9. You just made my day with this baked bean recipe. I’ve been wanting to make baked beans for years! My mom made amazing baked beans and I never did get her recipe. But it did involve a ham bone I remember. Your photo’s have been looking great! Love it!

    1. Yeah. Make them. Make them now. You’re mum was defo on the money.
      Cheers 😁

  10. LFFL says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever made my own homemade baked beans before. Been wanting to do so tho.

    1. It’s worth a go. Heinz got nothing on this 😜

      1. LFFL says:

        I don’t doubt that!

  11. thehungrymum says:

    I;m not a camper but these beans would make me ALL the happy.

    1. Magic. That’s what I reckon!
      Cheers my friend

  12. hmm, awesome recipe!!!
    i think i’m gonna use my homemade Spanish chorizo for this recipe!

    1. Home made chorizo??!! I am coming to visit dammit!!!

  13. I can smell it right through the computer. Fabulous. And how gorgeous too!

    1. Aw shucks. I’m loving the love for baked beans out there! 👌

  14. This looks so yummy! I’m definitely giving this one a go 🙂

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