British Baked Beans

One of my favorite foods from Britain is baked beans. I love to eat it when it’s available when I’m eating breakfast throughout Europe. I particularly enjoyed it every morning at our hotel breakfast buffet during one of my honeymoons in Santorini, Greece. I like how it’s not too sweet compared to the American version and that it’s a healthy way to add a serving of your legumes. Navy beans are particularly full of fiber, vitamin B and minerals! I’ve never toured Britain but have stayed at the airport during the infamous time American Airline pilots were on strike about 5 years ago. That’s when I discovered one of my favorite tea brands “Fortnum & Mason.” I would love to visit one day and explore the many food options they have available there!

These beans can be used as part of a full English breakfast, simply on toasted bread, or by themselves!

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Yield: 5 servings
Time: 1 hour 40 minutes + overnight for beans to soak

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried navy beans, rinsed
  • 1 TBSP sea salt
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ large carrot, chopped
  • ½ large sweet onion, chopped
  • ½ celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ cup freshly made tomato sauce or store-bought tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP ketchup

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with enough water that there is at least 2 inches of water above the beans. Let the beans soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans. Add 3 cups of water to a large pot on high heat until boiling. Then reduce heat to low. Add the beans and cover the pot. Allow the beans to simmer for 45 minutes and stir occasionally.
  3. Add sea salt to the pot and cook for 15 more minutes.
  4. While the beans are cooking, spread olive oil on a large frying pan on medium heat.
  5. Add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup to the pan. Lower the heat to low. Stir and combine well.
  6. Allow the sauce to simmer for 15 minutes and season with salt if needed.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 320°F with racks in the middle.
  8. Drain the cooked beans, add the sauce and combine well. Transfer to a glass pan and bake in the oven for 15 minutes uncovered.

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