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    Boston Baked Beans

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    5 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    5 hrs

    Alan in SW Florida's Note:

    This signature dish of Boston, Massachusetts dates from the 17th century, when the Puritan sabbath - a day on which work was forbidden - was observed from sundown on Saturday until Sunday evening. The baked beans would be started on Saturday morning and then left to cook slowly until dinnertime so that the Puritan housewife did not have to break the sabbath to cook a meal. Leftover beans would then be served for Sunday breakfast or lunch. Boston baked beans were often baked in communal ovens by the local baker, who would collect bean pots from the townspeople on Saturday morning and return the pots of baked beans in time for dinner that night. One of my most treasured possessions is my grandmother's bean pot.

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    1. 1
      Soak the beans overnight in water to cover by 3 inches. Or, alternatively: place the beans in a saucepan with water to cover by 2 inches; bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes; remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
    2. 2
      Drain the beans and place them in a large saucepan with 8 cups of water. Bring the beans to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the whole onion, reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until beans are half tender, about 30 minutes. Drain the beans and discard the onion.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, in a small saucepan of boiling water, blanch the salt pork for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    4. 4
      Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. 5
      In a bowl, combine the chopped onion with the molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, salt, pepper, and cloves. Stir in 2 cups of water.
    6. 6
      Place the beans and reserved salt pork in a 2 1/2-quart casserole or bean pot. Add the bay leaf. Pour the onion-molasses mixture over the beans. Cover tightly and bake for 3 1/2 hours.
    7. 7
      Remove the cover, stir the beans, and continue baking, uncovered, for 30 minutes longer, discard the bay leaf before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 01, 2008


      These were very good baked beans. I used the short cut method of soaking the beans. I could really taste the bay leaf in the beans. Will make again. Thank you for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Boston Baked Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (267 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 834.1
    Calories from Fat 229
    Total Fat 25.4 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Cholesterol 24.4 mg
    Sodium 1018.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 127.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 29.0 g
    Sugars 48.0 g
    Protein 28.0 g

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