Potluck Beans with Maple and Beer

Beer and Maple Beans

I’m sharing my latest activities in the kitchen today:   Potluck Beans with Maple and Beer!  We’re invited to a holiday get-together with family and friends tomorrow,  and I needed a side dish to go with barbecue tritip sandwiches.  During the holiday season I don’t have much time, so I used a recipe that calls for canned Cannellini beans (white kidney beans).   This recipe couldn’t be easier!

The Big Book of Sides

I was inspired by a recipe in Rick Rodgers’  The Big Book of Sides, a cookbook that I reviewed when it was first published.  I keep going back to this book when I need something special to go with a meal. The recipe in the book makes 10-12 servings,  and I needed to make a lot more for the party.  I tweaked the recipe a bit,  and the beans are crazy good!

Beer and Maple Beans
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Potluck Beans with Maple and Beer

Make a pot of these beans for a holiday potluck or a summer barbecue!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Mimi Holtz

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 bottles dark beer I used Red Bridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer
  • Ten 15-ounce cans of Cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ham bits

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat, until the bacon is almost crisp. Using a slotten spoon, move the cooked bacon to a paper towel and leave the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Over medium heat, cook the onions in the remaining bacon fat until they are golden brown.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in the ketchup, mustard, maple syrup, and beer and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the the beans, bacon, and ham.
  • Cover the Dutch oven and bake for one hour.
  • Uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • If you aren't serving the beans immediately, cool the beans and refrigerate overnight. Stir in 1 cup of water and reheat covered in 350 degree oven, stirring occasionally.

Last weekend was the annual Meals On Wheels benefit concert.  As a member of the Coastal Communities Concert Band since 1998, I look forward to this event every year. Our band has been helping to raise funds to support the important work of Meals On Wheels for 22 years.  Here are a few photos from the 2016 Holiday Concert at the Carlsbad Community Church, in Carlsbad, Ca.!

Holiday Concert to Benefit Meals On Wheels

As a music director and teacher,  I start preparing for holiday performances months in advance.  It’s a little strange to be working on Christmas music in the heat of August and September,  but it’s so rewarding when we have our music prepared in time to inspire our families and friends during the holiday season.   I’m especially glad to have time in December to spend in the kitchen between concerts and church events.

What are you cooking up for the holidays?  I’d love to know about your family specialties or new recipes you are trying out!

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