Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
- 1 (16-ounce) package navy or pea beans
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 pound bacon, diced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In an ungreased bean pot or large casserole dish, combine beans, bacon, and onion. Add molasses, salt, brown sugar, ground mustard powder, pepper, and a cup of reserved liquid; stir until well blended. Cover bean pot or casserole dish.
Bake, covered, 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Add remaining liquid and stir again. Bake another 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Uncover last 30 minutes of baking. Remove from oven and serve.
Yield: 8 servings
Source: What's Cooking America by Linda Stradley and Andra Cook (Falcon Publishing)
Reprinted with permission.