For me, baked beans make a great addition to any savoury breakfast. They are easy to make, packed with protein, and just all-around tasty. And the best thing is: You can take it to a new level by making baked beans yourself. Going these few extra steps will be worth it, as homemade baked beans will taste fresher, richer and overall better than anything you could get from the shelf. Let’s dive right into this baked beans recipe.
By making homemade baked beans, you have full control over their flavour. Here, we can add some twists to make your next breakfast extra delightful. Technically, we are not even making baked beans, as I prepare them entirely on the stove, but let’s not get lost in the details here!
Ingredients for this Baked Beans Recipe:
- (Cannellini) Beans
- Tomato Sauce
- Tomato Puree
- Red onion
- Cane sugar
- Red wine vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Salt & pepper
Firstly, we need to have some quality ingredients. For convenience’s sake, I will go with canned beans today, but you can soak dried beans overnight just as well. Using Cannellini beans ensures an amazing creamy texture. Using high-quality tomato sauce, tomato puree, red onion, garlic and a mix of spices will give the baked beans a unique taste. Additionally, cane sugar, soy sauce and red wine vinegar will balance the flavour just right.
How to make Baked Beans:
Firstly, let’s prepare our ingredients. Peel your onion, and chop it into fine cubes. Crush the garlic with the flat side of your knife and chop it into fine bits too.
Heat your pan, and add extra virgin olive oil. Start by sauteeing your onions until you start seeing colour on them. Add the brown sugar, and allow it to caramelise. After a few minutes, add your garlic and tomato purée, and continue sauteeing until roast flavours develop on the bottom of your pan. Deglaze the pan with a sip of white wine vinegar. For an umami flavour, I like to add a small dash of soy sauce during this stage as well.
Now, it is time to add the beans. Allow them to coat with the other ingredients, and continue sautéing for a few more minutes.
Now, it is time to add your tomato sauce. For this recipe, I am using a sweet tomato salsa, but a high-quality passata will give you great results too. Put the stove on medium heat, and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes. Stir the sauce every once in a while to prevent the bottom from burning. You want the sauce to simmer down and concentrate until it nicely covers the beans.
Once your beans have reached the desired thickness, take them from the heat, and you are ready to enjoy this delightful dish.
How to Serve Baked Beans:
These beans are best when enjoyed warm! Also, they pair fantastically with other dishes. For a full breakfast, these homemade baked beans pair nicely with scrambled tofu, going in the direction of a plant-based English breakfast.
I hope you enjoy my take on baked beans. Let me know what you think about them in the comments down below.
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- Looking for more breakfast inspirations? This chickpea-loaded hummus fatteh is a middle-eastern treat to start the day right.
Homemade Baked BeansCourse: BreakfastCuisine: English, AmericanDifficulty: Easy
500g cannellini beans
200ml of tomato salsa or passata
15g of cane sugar
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (adjust to the strength of the vinegar)
1 tbsp soy sauce
Salt & Pepper to Season
- Peel your onion, and chop it into fine cubes. Crush the garlic and chop it into fine bits too.
- Heat your pan, and add extra virgin olive oil. Start by sautéing your onions until you start seeing colour on them.
- Add the brown sugar, and allow it to caramelise. After a few minutes, add your garlic and tomato purée, and continue sautéing until roast flavours develop on the bottom of your pan.
- Deglaze the pan with red wine vinegar and soy sauce.
- Add your beans. Allow them to coat with the other ingredients, and continue sautéing for a few more minutes.
- Add your tomato sauce. Put the stove on medium heat and allow to simmer until the sauce thickens and nicely coats the beans.
- Check and adjust the seasoning. Enjoy your homemade beans while hot.