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Share a Spoon - Home Sweet Home

Thursday, July 14, 2011

 Think Tank Momma

Share a Spoon

"Home Sweet Home"

Image via Google Images.  This is what a Sunday Spread looked like!

Growing up Sunday dinner was always a big deal.  Most Sunday's included a large family dinner.  When I say large I mean family.  My Granny would cook for all of us.  My mom and my aunt and all off the kids.  There were usually at least 14 of us for Sunday dinner, often more than that.  No one was ever denied a plate at Granny's dinner table.

We enjoyed all sorts of great Southern delights.  Everything from fried chicken to pot pie.  There were always several choices of vegetables (field peas of any sort were my favorite).  Granny always made biscuits.  *swoon*  There really isn't anything better than a great Southern biscuit right out of the oven.  However, despite my culinary triumphs, I am still no biscuit maker.  *sigh*

One of my favorite meals though was Sunday ham dinner.  I am a huge fan of pork!  HUGE.  I mean, seriously, what's better than pork fat?  You're right.  Nothing.  Although it was my favorite dinner, my mom had to make the potato salad for that dinner to be perfect.  I am not a fan of Southern style potato salad.  They put sweet relish in it, and um...yeah, not a fan.

You can find my potato salad recipe here.  (Just use all red potatoes for your salad.)  Ham is pretty easy.  I buy a large smoked ham and score the top just a bit, pour a can of Coca-Cola over it, cover with aluminum foil and bake according to the package directions per pound.  (Don't use diet soda or Pepsi..only Coke!)

And finally the star of the show?  BAKED BEANS!  Yes!

Brandee's Baked Beans

2 cans Bush's Baked Beans
1 large onion diced
1 1/2 cups ketchup (I use Heinz)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
2 Tablespoons steak sauce (A1 or Heinz57, whatever)
2-3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound of bacon, chopped and cooked

In a 13X9 baking dish add the Bush's baked beans.  Add chopped onion and stir well.  Stir in brown sugar.  Mix well.

Add ketchup, mustard, steak sauce and worcestershire sauce.  Mix well.  Sprinkle over garlic powder and stir well.

In a large non stick skillet, render the bacon.  Cook until just starting to crisp.  

Add the whole pound of bacon to the top of the beans.  This will continue to crisp up in the oven and become a crunch topping for the baked beans.

Bake on 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, or until the beans are bubbling.

I have approximated the ingredients here.  I don't measure when I make these, but these approximations are close enough.  These baked beans are everyone's favorite.  If you are a fan, trust me, you have to give these a try.  Don't substitute some other baked bean though.  Bush's make a difference, as does the steak sauce!!

Now, it's your turn to share your favorite Home Sweet Home recipe.  Let me know why it takes you back home.


Daffy said...

Baked beans are one of my favorite side dishes!! Can't wait to try this one alongside one of Grill Master B's grilling master pieces!

Babes Mami said...

I too love baked beans! Yum yum! I'm jealous of your sunday dinner memories, my parents worked a lot and we rarely ate dinner as a family!