Sunday, September 20, 2009

Beale Street Baked Beans

Sometimes you just get it wrong. Well, let me explain. We recently had some new friends over and decided to keep it easy and just make mini burgers and hot dogs on the grill since we were also feeding plenty of little ones. I thought that these baked beans (which are scrumptious) would make a nice addition to our cookout for the adults. Little did I know that said friend mom was not a red-meat eater! Oh well. The rest of us enjoyed them. This recipe comes from a friend who shares my passion for finding great recipes so a big thanks to Elizabeth for this simple but great take on a classic.

Beale Street Baked Beans

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey (I should have used the turkey)
3/4 c. chopped onion
1 Tbl. lemon pepper seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/4 c. ketchup
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbl. dry mustard
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 16 oz. cans pork & beans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium skillet, brown ground beef or turkey with onion until cooked through - sprinkling with lemon pepper seasoning and garlic powder as meat is cooking. Drain cooked meat on paper towel. Transfer to medium bowl. Add ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard and pepper. Stir to combine. Carefully stir in beans and transfer to a oven-proof casserole dish. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serves 10-12.

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