This is one of my husband's favorie recipes. I thought I'd share it with all of you in time for your end of summer barbecue parties. It's so simple, I almost feel guilty...almost.
Quick & Easy BBQ Beans
The measurements are not exact because I have never measured them and really, it's mainly by taste anyway. If you prefer it sweeter, add more maple syrup...more tangy, add more tomato paste/ketchup...not too spicy, then add less garlic. I'll be sure to post a pic of this fab dish soon!
4 strips thick-cut applewood bacon, cut into small strips (I use kitchen shears for this and it's a snap)
2 cans small white beans (GF), drained and rinsed well
2 spoonfuls tomato paste (or in a pinch you could use ketchup - GF of course)
dash or two salt, to taste
1-2 tsp. crush fennel seeds, optional but we really like the flavor
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you like it)
6 cloves garlic, pressed (again, more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
a little water to thin (especially if using tomato paste)
Place bacon in a medium saucepan and heat over med/high, stirring, until cooked thorugh but not crispy. Remove from heat and add the beans, scraping up the bits on the bottom of the pan (take care not to over stir or the beans will become mushy.) Add remaining ingredients and heat over low just a minute or so until warm. Taste and adjust flavors to suit you.
*Feeds: 4/side dish OR 2/main dish
*To make this recipe even easier, cook the bacon, mix in the beans and then stir in some Organicville BBQ Sauce (which is GF and oh so delicious!) Add just a little maple syrup, fennel and garlic - bam! You've got amazing beans!!!
*Try adding some cut up hot dogs for a new and flavorful twist on franks and beans!