The same friend who showed me his easy black bean dress-up came over tonight for some barbecued burgers–and forgot the baked beans he was going to bring. I rummaged through the pantry looking for a substitute and pulled out a can of small white beans. Another friend had long ago taught me these were an easy pantry side dish just as they were so I was going to just heat them up. But Tom added a bit of brown sugar and some ketchup to them to make sort of a faux baked bean dish out of them. We debated about some mustard as well, but ended up leaving it out. They came out great: just the right amount of sweetness with a bit of tang. Not as rich or sweet as the Bush’s Baked Beans that we all like so much but very good!
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