Tasty Baked Beans
This serves 8-10. Cut the recipe in half for a smaller-sized family.
A super baked bean recipe with a mellow apple flavor.
2 cups small white navy beans
6 to 8 slices thick sliced bacon
3 or 4 green onions, chopped, including tops
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon pepper
1 cup Tree Top Natural Apple Sauce
½ cup ketchup
2½ tablespoons vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1½ teaspoons dry mustard
Soak beans overnight or use quick soak method on bean package. After soaking, drain and rinse under cold water. Put in large pan and add 3½ cups water. Bring to a boil, turn to low and boil gently for about 45 minutes. Fry bacon until crisp, drain, and add bacon to beans. Then add onion, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to cook on simmer until beans are tender. This will take about 1½ hours. More water may be added if necessary. Drain beans, reserving liquid. Remove bay leaf. Combine apple sauce, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard. Add to the beans along with 1 cup of the reserved bean liquid. Bake covered for 3 hours at 325 F adding more liquid, if necessary.