Swedish Baked Beans

OK, first things first, provenance

Of course this is an authentic recipe! I found it on the interwebs from a restaurant in Kansas that was in bidness from aound 1955 to 1960. How much more authentic do you actually need?

Also, note to any trolls trying to come back later with a “gotcha!” You obviously have not read the post, so go to heck.

Besides, authentic or not, these are tasty!

•1 apple
•1/4 cup dried cherries
•1/2 cup chopped onion
•8 oz ham steak, chopped
•3/4 cup ketchup
•3/4 cup brown sugar
•1/4 cup sweet relish
•1 tbsp Dijon mustard
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce*
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce – or your fave hot sauce, to taste
•1/2 tsp garlic powder
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•1 (28 oz) can baked beans (I used Bush’s)

*No Sherry Peppers Sauce? No Problem! Simply add a bit of decent sherry (none of that “cooking” stuff) and a dash or three of your fave hot sauce, to taste.

Heat your oven to 225º.

Add the dried cherries, onion, and ham steak to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.

Pulse until finely chopped.

Stir the ketchup, brown sugar, relish, mustard, Sherry Peppers, hot sauce, and seasonings together in a two quart casserole.

Stir in the ham, onion, and cherry mixture and the baked beans – do not drain the baked beans – until well blended.

Cover and bake for 90 minutes.

Remove from the oven, let rest for five minutes or so, then serve.

I think that this is more than enough for six to eight folk and, believe it or not, these tasty baked beans are most excellent
UK-style, on top of a baked potato.

We had ours topped with crumbled Feta and with roasted garlic Naan on the side.

How’s that for authentic?

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