Recipe by Nana Lee
PLEASE DO not ADD ANYTHING OR CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS RECIPE. To do so means you will not be tasting The Durgin Park recipe but your own variation of it. NOT FAIR. Sorry. I appreciate that some of you have tried this recipe with your own additions but please, you are NOT reviewing MY/Durgin Park's recipe but your own! These, of course, are the ultimate Boston Baked Beans! Please take into account they need to soak overnight. You will need a 2 1/2-quart bean pot or covered casserole. Recipe By: Durgin-Park Restaurant, Boston, MA
Top Review by Chef Country Cook
The recipe sounds very good, but the directions are missing the notes....1 and 18. If I hadn't read the other reviews, I would not have known to stud the onion with garlic.
- 1 lb dried navy beans (see NOTE)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 lb salt pork
- 1⁄2 medium onion (peeled and uncut)
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄3 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- NOTE: Use navy beans, California pea beans, or small white beans.
- Soak beans overnight.
- In the morning, preheat oven to 325°F Place the baking soda in a Dutch oven and fill half way with water.
- Bring to a boil, add the beans & boil for 10 minutes.
- Drain beans in a colander and run cold water through them. Set aside.
- Dice the salt pork (available in the bacon section of the grocery store)into 1-inch squares.
- Put half of the salt pork on the bottom of the bean pot, along with the onion.
- Put beans in the pot.
- Put the remaining salt pork on top of the beans.
- Mix the sugar, molasses, mustard, salt and pepper with 3 cups of hot water and pour over the beans.
- Cover pot with lid and place the pot into the preheated oven.
- Bake for 6 hours.
- Check pot periodically to make sure the amount of liquid is okay.
- Add water to the beans slowly as needed to keep them moist; DO NOT FLOOD THEM. Just "top them up".
- Remove the pot from the oven and serve.
- NOTE: The Durgin-Park, a Boston restaurant whose origins date back to the American Revolution, is famous for its Boston baked beans, baked Indian pudding and apple pan dowdy. Durgin-Park cook Tommy Ryan has prepared this recipe at the restaurant for the past 37 years.
- Durgin-Park serves 1,000 diners on an average Saturday evening. The waitresses have a reputation for their long memories: the second time you come in, you get the same thing you ordered the first time--unless you speak fast.