These “baked” beans are a misnomer since they’re cooked entirely on the stovetop. That means, though, that they’re a great dish to make all year round. They’re tangy, sweet and just a little bit different thanks to the addition of diced apple and fresh rosemary.
I follow the Thug’s recipe faithfully except for a few tweaks: maple syrup, liquid smoke and salt (don’t add the salt ‘til the end; you may not need it). Here’s their recipe, tidied up a bit for delicate sensibilities (that would not be mine) and with photos, which are not in the cookbook.
There is some overnight prep involved – read the recipe all the way through!
1 ½ cups dried white beans (I use a mix of navy beans and Great Northern beans)
2 tsps olive oil
½ onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp liquid smoke
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp maple syrup (or brown sugar)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsps soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp sea salt (optional)
1 sprig rosemary (sprig should be about 6-8” long)
2 ½ cups vegetable broth
1 medium apple washed but not peeled, cored and cut into pieces about the size of your pinky fingertip. I use either a Granny Smith or Macintosh apple.
Soak the beans in a big bowl of water for 8 hours. I soak my beans in the fridge overnight.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Sauté the onion for about 5 minutes, until it’s starting to turn golden. Add the garlic and paprika and cook for another 30 seconds.
Add the drained beans, tomato sauce, molasses, vinegar, maple syrup (or brown sugar), liquid smoke, vegetable broth and rosemary. Stir it all up. This is the “witch’s brew” stage or as the Thug’s say it will look like you’re “trying to cast a spell or some shit”.
Simmer this all together for about 1 hour. The leaves will have fallen off your rosemary so just fish out the remaining twig.
At this point, taste the beans and add salt, if you want.
Stir in the chopped apple and simmer for about another 30 minutes.
Serve up immediately. This dish will last for 4 days in the fridge and freezes well. It makes 4 extremely filling servings.