Vermont Baked Beans
This hearty side is slightly sweet with the flavor of maple syrup and fresher tasting than meat-laden beans.
- 1 pound navy or pea beans, soaked in water overnight
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup canned tomato puree or crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Drain beans and combine with 4 quarts fresh hot water in large pot. Bring to boil and reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, just until tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain, reserving cooking water. Place beans in a large, shallow baking dish.
- While the beans cook, heat oil in large skillet. Sauté onions until tender. Remove from heat.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Whisk together 1 cup of reserved cooking water, maple syrup, tomato purée, molasses, mustard, brown sugar and salt in a medium bowl.
- Add sautéed onion and syrup mixture to beans; stir well. Cover dish tightly. Bake 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, until beans are tender. Check periodically to make sure they have enough liquid, adding more reserved cooking water if necessary.