Baked beans are baked beans. But see what could happen with some whiskey and caramelized onions. These beans did the trick. They’re sweet, smokey, and full of spicy taste. I was very excited about these baked beans. They’re super delicious to boot!
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, sliced into thin strips
- 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 2 tbsp. vegan Worchestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. prepared mustard
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke, optional
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup maple syrup, see my note
- 2 (14 oz.) cans navy beans or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- salt and pepper to taste
Coat the bottom of a skillet (use a medium, oven-safe skillet if you’ve got one) with oil and place over medium-low heat. Add onion and toss a few times to coat. Allow to cook, flipping occasionally, until onion is very soft and caramelized, 30-40 minutes. Raise heat to medium and add garlic. Cook until very fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add whiskey and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook until most of the liquid has cooked off, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 350°. Stir tomato paste, Worchestershire sauce, molasses, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, mustard, paprika and liquid smoke together in a small bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup maple syrup, taste test and add up to 1/4 cup more. If you used a non oven-safe skillet to caramelize the onions, transfer them to an oven-safe dish (an 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish works). Otherwise, leave them in the oven-safe skillet. Add beans and maple syrup mixture. Stir a few times to mix everything up. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and bake 40-45 minutes, until bubbly. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.
Remove from oven and allow to sit for a few minutes. Serve.
Nutrition Facts. Amount Per Serving : Calories 362 | Calories from Fat 30 | Total Fat 3.3g | Saturated Fat 0.7g | Sodium 1090mg | Potassium 807mg | Total Carbohydrates 61.1g | Dietary Fiber 9.2g | Sugars 23.8g | Protein 13g 26