Here is a tried and true recipe that is so good (and need I say it: EASY) as a side to go with your Christmas ham. It is from my messy “No Rhyme or Reason Cookbook” that is really just a red notebook filled to the gills with pasted in, stapled, and taped in recipes, many hand-written.
Some of the recipes are from magazines and newspapers, but most are from family and friends. The cookbook has personality plus. So what if it is coming apart at the seams—that makes it all the more adorable.
This recipe comes from my sister Peggy, thus it is called:
Great Baked Beans à la Peggy
4 – 15 oz. cans of pork and beans (or any derivative thereof)
3 tbsp. vinegar
¾ cup of molasses
1 tsp. dry mustard
¼ cup of ketchup (I have used chilli sauce)
Bacon on top
Dice onion and throw all the ingredients into a casserole or if you are so lucky, one of those expensive Le Creuset dishes from France. (I have to stick with my Corningware). Artistically drape the bacon over the beans to create your own Picasso. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees, then 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
The molasses gives these beans a wonderful depth, and of course the bacon is just a cheap trick to make it taste even better. Everything tastes better with bacon!