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Beef and Boston baked beans served in a bowl

Beef & Boston baked beans

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus overnight soaking
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 - 6

Enjoy these Boston baked beans with a jacket potato or crusty bread. Time works its magic on this dish, but there's very little hands-on work to do

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free
Nutrition: Per serving (6)
NutrientUnit
kcal400
fat12g
saturates3g
carbs36g
sugars14g
fibre11g
protein32g
salt0.7g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Tip the beans into a large pan, then pour in enough water to cover the beans by 5cm. Add the bay and leave to soak overnight. The next day, drain the beans, return to the pan and pour in enough fresh water to cover the beans by 3cm. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 mins until the beans are tender (you may need to top up the water slightly as they cook).

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 2. Heat the oil in a large casserole or ovenproof saucepan, and fry the beef for 5 mins over a high heat until evenly browned (you’ll need to do this in batches). Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon. Add the lardons and onion to the pan, and cook over a medium- high heat for 5-7 mins until the onions are turning golden and the lardons are starting to crisp.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the beef back into the pan. Add the beans along with the cooking liquid, and stir in the garlic, treacle, tomato purée, mustard powder and cloves. Season, then top up with some water so the beans are covered by 2-3cm. Cover and bring to a simmer, then transfer to the oven for 2 hrs 30 mins. Remove the lid, stir and return to the oven for 1 hr 30 mins until the meat is tender and the sauce rich. Once cooled, the beans can be frozen for up to three months (see below). Serve with jacket potatoes or bread and coleslaw.

HOW TO FREEZE
Leave the beans to cool completely, then spoon into freezerproof containers, seal and label before freezing for up to three months.
HOW TO DEFROST
Defrost in the fridge overnight and take out of the fridge 2 hrs before cooking. Or, leave at room temperature for 6 hrs.
HOW TO REHEAT
Once defrosted, tip the beans into a saucepan, cover with a lid and cook over a medium heat for 20-25 mins until piping hot, stirring often.
VEGGIE BOSTON BEANS
Add 600g cannellini beans in step 1 and omit the beef and lardons in step 2. These are still just as tasty with jackets, potato wedges, or roast vegetables..

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2021

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Rating: 4 out of 5.12 ratings
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