Further to my earlier rant about the additives in canned baked beans, I decided to make my own. They were so delicious and easy to make I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier. We have quite a large slow-cooker so I made heaps and have quite a few portions left-over in the freezer.
3 cups (dried) cannellni beans
1 ham hock
half an onion – chopped finely
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard
1 cup water – reserved from bean soaking
There are various ways to prepare/cook/soak the beans, but lets not get bogged down in those details – I chose the boil, soak, rinse, boil again method. I then placed all ingredients (except the tomato sauce) into the slow cooker and left it to do its thing for 10 hours. I prepared this the night before so we could wake up to tasty, fresh, natural homemade beans in the morning. 1 hour before you are ready to eat take the ham hock out, remove the bone and fat and finely chop the meat and add back into the slow-cooker. Add the tomato sauce and stir through. The maple syrup and brown sugar compliment the salty ham flavour – these really are a new favourite. Serve on gluten-free buttered toast.
This is really a hearty dish and will keep you full right through until lunch time.