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Yes, Another Recipe.

I’ve been on a cooking kick lately.  It’s amazing how much more cooking I do when I can actually be at home in the evening.  😀  I’ve got another one or two I do want to share, but I don’t want to overload you all, so I might make them but hold off on the posts until later.  (Oh, and I made a couple of edits at the end of the Hot Beef Sandwiches post, which should answer some of the questions I got in the comments)

Tonight, we are featuring yet another of the recipes from my Aunt Cathy (she of the sandwiches from the other day).  These get raves pretty much anywhere I’ve brought them – Mixed Baked Beans.

The usual suspects:

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A pound of bacon, a pound of ground beef (again, turkey works just as well), an onion, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, white sugar, vinegar, kidney beans (2 cans), butter beans (2 cans) and regular baked beans (2 cans – use whatever kind you like.  Good old generic pork and beans works perfectly.)

First, chop the bacon and toss it into a skillet over medium heat.  Let it cook until it gets nice and crispy.

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You’ll be browning the ground beef and cooking the onions in with it, so make sure the skillet has enough room for all of them.  If you don’t mind soft bacon, you can put them all in at the same time, but flabby bacon makes me shudder and say nasty words, so I render the bacon out before putting anything else in.

Mmmm…. crispy bacony goodness.

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Whether or not you drain any of the fat at this point is entirely up to you. I opt not to. Don’t judge me.

Now, toss in a chopped onion (as finely as you need it to be chopped, Cristi)

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And the pound of ground beef/turkey.

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Cook those until the meat is browned and the onion is softened. Scrape the bottom of your pan with a wooden spoon to make sure you get up any bits of bacony goodness that stuck to the bottom.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of ketchup, 4T vinegar (any kind you like – white wine works, apple cider works. I’d probably skip the balsamic, though.), 2T mustard (just the basic yellow stuff), 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar.

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Stir to combine.

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Now, open and rinse the two cans of kidney beans (I use one light and one dark just for the visual appeal, but it makes no difference in the flavor),

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and the two cans of butter beans,

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And add them to the bowl with the ketchup mixture, along with the baked beans (obviously, you don’t want to rinse those)

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Stir to combine.

By now, your ground beef should be browned, and your onions nice and soft.

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Add the meat mixture to the beans and ketchup mixture (when I said large mixing bowl, I wasn’t kidding) and stir until everything is mixed. Pour it into your handy casserole dish

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Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. The sauce with thicken up and all of the flavors will blend.

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The beauty of it is that it works as a one-dish meal and will feed about 16 people as such, or it’s a great side dish for picnics and will feed even more. You can easily halve the recipe, but it freezes really well, so I never do, even if it’s just Kris and I eating.

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