Wednesday January 02, 2013 | 01:00 AM

The other day I had a certain urge for baked beans, homemade of course, and proceeded to prepare them in the usual way.  I used Dutch Brown Beans--similar to marfax--
that I bought from Fairwinds Farm, who harvests and  dry their own beans.  I served it with frankfurters and caramelized onions, buttermilk biscuits and a Waldorf salad.

Since they’re only two of us in my household I had a nearly full pot of leftover beans staring back at me each time I opened the refrigerator.  But on a languorous New Years Day, I needed a restorative dish and came across an old recipe for a baked bean casserole.  Most recipes call for canned beans, which work fine, but the homemade, if you have it, is so much better. The beans were put to excellent re-use.

New Year’s Day Baked Bean Casserole
Servings: 2 to 6 for lunch or supper

Brown about 1 pound chopped meat until all the color is gone.  Put into a large mixing bowl.  In the fat leftover in the pan, sauté 1 large roughly chopped green pepper, and 1 large roughly chopped onion until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.  Add these to the bowl.  Stir in the leftover beans (or  2 to 3 16-ounce cans store-bought baked beans), about 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup light brown sugar, a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce and about a heaping teaspoon of prepared yellow mustard.  Mix this all together and transfer to a casserole dish.  Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.  Remove foil and continue to bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until nicely browned and the liquid has thickened.  Let rest about 10 minutes before serving.


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