My favorite picnic dish just got better.
It was late. I was starving for baked beans and could have sworn I had my favorite nonorganic brand in my pantry. In fact, I thought I had a couple of cans. I searched. I cursed. But I couldn’t find them anywhere. That’s when I spotted the organic baked beans that had been sent to me as a free sample.
I’d had more than my share of bad experiences with organic baked beans. As much as I love organic foods, I won’t sacrifice taste or texture, and I still hadn’t tasted any baked beans that beat my tried-and-true brand. With trepidation, I took the first taste. And what a pleasant surprise. I was, in fact, very satisfied. These were beans I could love in every way.
Who’s the lucky winner of my newfound loyalty? Walnut Acres baked beans, made with 100 percent organic ingredients and flavored with that essential baked-beany twang: molasses, tomatoes, and mustard. (Find them at supermarkets and natural-food stores nationwide.)
Thanks to Walnut Acres, I can make my special doctored-up summer-picnic baked-bean recipe—organically!
The beans will go great with my favorite organic hotdogs: Applegate Farms organic hot dogs!
Maria’s Summer-Picnic Baked Beans
2 cans Walnut Acres Organic baked beans
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 small onion, chopped
5 pieces cooked bacon (turkey, pork, or tofu)
1. In an oven-safe dish, combine the beans, mustard, barbecue sauce, maple syrup, and onions.
2. Top with bacon.
3. Bake at 350 until bubbly, about 20 to 30 minutes.
This serves four as a side dish. To make enough for a potluck for 16, simply quadruple the recipe. Goes great with fried chicken!