Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Here's what's cooking....

Happy Wednesday to everyone!  Have you been making preparations for a festive Fourth?  Do you usually cook on the grill on the Fourth?  Do you host a gathering, or do you take a dish to help someone else who is hosting?  Whatever the case, I think you will find this recipe would fit in very well.

Just out of the oven!


4 cups water
1 pound dried pinto beans (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 cup strong cold coffee
2 Tablespoons brandy
1 medium onion, sliced
4 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon)

Heat 4 cups water and the beans to boiling in 3-quart saucepan.  Boil 2 minutes; remove from heat.  Cover and let stand 1 hour.

Add enough water to beans to cover if necessary.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer until tender, about 1 1/2 hours (do not boil or beans will burst).

Drain beans, reserving liquid.  Heat brown sugar, 1/4 cup water, the vinegar, salt cloves, pepper and celery seed to boiling, stirring occasionally.  Stir in coffee and brandy.

Place half of the beans in  ungreased 2-quart casserole; arrange onion on top.  Pour half of the coffee mixture over onion; top with remaining beans.  Pour remaining coffee mixture and the bean liquid over beans.  Cover and bake in 350 degree F oven 1 1/2 hours.  Stir beans.  Arrange bacon on top and bake uncovered 30 minutes longer.  6 servings

This recipe comes from Betty Crocker's Cookbook, 1986 edition. 

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Looks like the perfect dish for the 4th of July! We'll be in Nebraska heading back to MI. Not sure what adventures we'll find, but I'm sure we'll find something!

  2. yum...baked beans! i am cooking for the shelter. carolina pulled pork, cole slaw, homemade buns and a red white and blue trifle.

  3. Oh they look delicious!!!!!!

    "Pop" has been requested to do his Ribs. That's about all I know, of the menu. It will be a gathering of the 3 "Compound" families.

    Would be nice, if the weather allowed us to have Tiki Lights and Fire Pit, with Smore's, later. Maybe....

    Have a Happy 4th Of July!

  4. These look absolutely delicious, and worth the extra work to cook the beans fresh! Have a wonderful day!

  5. I'm not big on beans but I eat them because they are good for us. I used to Bar B Q on Canada day but haven't even Bar B Q even once this year.

    Enjoy your bean casserole.
    Happy 4th of July.

  6. I love baked beans. Happy 4th to you!

  7. One of my most favorite dishes, and yours looks mouth-wateringly delicious !
    Thank you for sharing Nellie.
    Happy Independence Day !

  8. Coffee and brandy? That sounds interesting!

  9. mouth is watering! We're cooking but low-key.

    Have a wonderful and safe holiday!


  10. Oh, yummy! These look delicious! We love pinto beans but I've never had them like this. Thanks for the recipe and for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Similar to our meal. We'll have pulled pork BBQ, slaw, baked beans --and watermelon... YUM...

    Everything has been cancelled here due to the rain... We are under a flood watch...Gads.

  12. I'm not doing any entertaining, but this looks good. I am a great fan of beans, though it's really too hot to turn on the oven. I'll be saving this recipe for the fall. Have a great Fourth!

  13. hi nellie,
    that looks delicious.we love beans!!!!
    thanks for the wonderful recipe.
    have a wonderful fourth!!