An easy side dish. What’s not to love?
Last Saturday, Nathan and I took the boys to see “Frozen.” They’re at the ages now where it works (and by works, I mean it’s actually fun) to take them to the movie theater. They can help carry popcorn to our seats. They’re close to mastering the art of whispering. And they sit still. For the most part.
On a chilly, snowy day, we loaded them up in the car and told them were headed for a surprise. Garrison loves guessing games, so he was all about me giving him a hint. I told him we were going to a place where we could eat popcorn. His guess?
Hey, the kid loves Target as much as I do.
It was a great guess, actually. We do get popcorn every time we go to Target. It’s kind of our thing. But when I told him it wasn’t Target, he looked at me for a couple seconds, then he started giggling.
THE MOVIE THEATER!
The boys were super excited to visit the theater again. And rightfully so. The movie was so good. It had been ages since I’d seen a classic Disney movie–the type with the princesses and songs. I’d forgotten how magical they are. The boys liked Olaf the Snowman and Sven the Reindeer. And I liked the songs. Oh, the songs! I’m considering seeing the sing-along version next. For real.
I put these beans in the slower cooker in the morning. By the time we got home from our movie-going fun, they were ready. I love that I hardly did a thing!
The recipe is simple: navy beans, onion, brown sugar, molasses, and bacon. These beans aren’t bathing in sauce, but it’s there and it’s good. Like, really good.
So now for the details. I always use a yellow onion for this recipe, but a white onion would work just as well. I chose to use dark brown sugar just because I like it so much. Light brown sugar would be tasty, too. And I really like bold flavors–I mean, the stinkier the cheese, the better!–so I prefer to use full flavor molasses. Blackstrap molasses has the most robust flavor, so next time I make these beans, you can bet I’ll use that. As for the bacon, I would suggest finding bacon on the lean side. You’ll want some fat to add flavor, but you definitely won’t want your beans dripping in grease.
Since the beans spend the day in the slow cooker, they don’t need to be pre-soaked. But, beans are beans, so I suggest examining them for any debris and giving them a good rinse under water to clean them up before putting them in the slow cooker.
These beans are my go-to side dish anytime we grill. Hamburgers + baked beans is quite the dynamic duo, don’t you think? They scream summer. And I need summer in my life right now. Yesterday could barely see the trees outside my window because it was snowing like crazy. The weatherman called for 3 inches of it. I think we got 8. Yeah…
I’m thinking Queen Elsa thought South Dakota was Arendelle.
Now, go see the movie. And go make these beans!
Recipe adapted from Lois K., in memory of Lillie P., in the Immanuel Lutheran Ladies Aid and LWML 75th Anniversary Cookbook.