Hawaiian Baked Beans
This is by far one of my favorite family recipes. My mom has been making this since we were young, and it's always requested at birthday get-togethers, BBQs or any time we're over my parents' house. It's definitely a kicked up version of the normal baked beans most people had growing up. But in a good way.
It's unlike any other baked bean recipe I've had before, since it includes loads of bacon, chunks of cheddar cheese and even pieces of pineapple. Yes, I know that sounds weird, but it's definitely my favorite part. The sweet contrast against the rest of the ingredients is the best. If there's a shortage of pineapple in the pan, you can most likely find it in my dish. A lack of cheese is because of my Dad, and missing bacon can be blamed on any one of my brothers. We each have a favorite part, but the whole thing together is an excellent combination. Give this one a try at your next BBQ or football gathering and I'm sure it will get everyone swooning. Enjoy!
- 2 (15 oz.) cans pork & beans, undrained
- 1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 (15 oz.) can butter beans (or cannellini beans or navy beans, anything but garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed (more if you like it cheesy)
- 1 (15 oz.) can chunk pineapple, drained (more if you like)
- 1/2 lb. bacon, crispy and crumbled (more if you like)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix beans, cheese and pineapple in a 9x13" baking dish.
Cook bacon until crispy. Drain excess fat, leaving 1-2 tablespoons to cook the onions in. Once the bacon is cooled, crumble and set aside.
Add the onions to the skillet with the bacon grease. When the onions are soft, add the sugar, ketchup and Worcestershire. Heat until boiling.
Add the hot onion mixture to the bean mixture. Mix in bacon crumbles. Cover with foil and bake covered for about 45 minutes. Remove foil and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes or until the beans are set.
Source: My Mom