So I had the house to myself and a new dutch oven to play with, a ham steak in the refrigerator, and some canned white beans in the cupboard. But no molasses. Call me lazy, but I just couldn’t see going to the grocery store for molasses. So, I would just have to come up with an easy baked beans and ham recipe that didn’t need no stinking molasses. And I did.
(I was alone, but I figure this recipe could serve 4 to 6)
1 lb ham steak – sliced in 1 x 1/4 inch pieces.
1 smallish to medium size red onion – finely diced. (I suppose I could have measured the final product for accuracy but that would take the fun of the process.)
2 cloves garlic – minced.
2 (14.5 oz) cans of white beans.
2 strips of bacon. (Always have bacon in freezer.)
1 cup beef broth. (Blasphemy to some, but whatever, I thought it would be tasty.)
3 cups water.
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce.
4 Tbsp brown sugar.
1 bay leaf.
1/4 cup BBQ sauce (this is the molasses substitute).
1/4 cup chopped parsley.
1 tsp salt.
So, you will need a dutch oven or casserole with lid. Heat the pot to medium heat and add the bacon.
Once the bacon has rendered some awesome fat and is mostly cooked remove the bacon and reserve for later.
To the pot add the ham steak bone, and then throw in the onion and garlic and reduce heat to simmer and sauce until onions look softer.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Chopped the bacon.
To the pot add the ham and the bacon, and stir.
Add the beef stock, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, salt, and stir.
Rinse the canned beans to get rid of whatever gooey stuff that is canned with the beans.
Add rinsed beans to pot and stir to mix.
Increase heat to bring the beans and stuff to a low boil. Turn heat off, place cover on pot and USING oven mitts transfer pot to pre-heated oven.
Cook in oven for about forty minutes.
Really, for sure, no kidding, use OVEN MITTS to remove the dutch oven from stove and let rest on an unlit burner.
Plate the baked beans, add some good bread, and you have just made the perfect quick and easy home made baked beans and ham ever.
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Good Eating and Table Talk,