vegan baked beans with pears

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 in Food

This was my Super Bowl dinner.

Yeah, it wasn’t too shabby.

Okay, that’s a total lie, it was amazing. You’ll see those sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks later in the week (they were incredible), but right now, we’re gonna talk about those baked beans.With pears in them. Weird, but awesome.

Baked beans are traditionally flavored with some sort of cured meat (frequently bacon) and loaded with sugar. I wanted to try my hand at a meatless version that was cleaned up enough to eat everyday. After all, a bean-heavy dish is a great way to pack in dietary fiber especially if you can cut out some of the fat and sugar. I also added a chopped up pear and a touch of ground ginger to give an interesting, spicy and sweet note to the traditional smokey baked bean flavor. The pears just dissolve and help sweeten the beans without too much added sweeteners.

I love creating cleaned up dishes where the final result is so close to the not-so-clean original. I think you could serve these to any meat-loving person and they’d very happily go back for seconds. Babyface did.

Vegan Baked Beans with Pears

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • In an oven-safe Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add in garlic and onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add in all remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  • Bake in oven for about an hour, or until the beans are thick and browned.
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What’d you eat at your Super Bowl party?

9 Comments

  1. Wow these baked beans look fabulous. What a unique idea to sweeten them with pears! Love it.

  2. How many pears? The recipe looks great, but I don’t see the pears (unless I am completely blind which has happened before)

    • One pear! Awesome catch. :) I fixed it in the recipe.

  3. Those baked beans look tasty! The pears are a great idea – I would have never thought to try that.

    • Thanks, Laura Jane! :)

  4. I love me some good ol’ baked beans loaded with brown sugar and bacon but man do these look delish! Well done Cassie! I can’t wait to try the recipe! Looks easy too! Exxxcellent!

  5. if i’m using dry beans from a bag, do i do anything differently? just soak and cook the same?

    • You’ll need to cook them before according to directions from the bag, because there isn’t enough liquid in the recipe to cook the beans properly. Just cook according to the bag, and then go ahead and use them in the recipe just as you would the canned beans.

  6. My family ate sausage and sugar infused baked beans to go along with their ribs. I had all the chips/guac and veggies I could handle. Those are my family snacky foods! Im totally trying these beans, they look sooooo wonderful!

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