As a Southerner through and thru, I wouldn’t be worth my salt if I didn’t have at least one good all-around cassole in my potluck-making ability. You know, during those times when saying, “I bought it myself” just won’t do. The kind of recipe that shows you care. The same one that is taken to a Church potluck, a 4th of July picnic, Thanksgiving dinner, Easter supper, or any number of the occassions we gather with friends and loved ones.
A long time ago I gave up acting like I could bake. I leave that to the ladies in the garden club who all seem to know how to make the best dag gum peach pie on earth; or blueberry pie, apple pie, or even a Red Velvet cake. Instead, I learned to make the best baked beans I could muster.
When I attended the 2nd annual Garden 2 Blog event, hosted by P. Allen Smith, Le Creuset graciously offered the attendees any…as in ANY, piece of their cookware. For me it was a no brainer. I’ve had my eye on the Pumpkin Cassarole for a very long time. So that is what I chose.
I know I’ll soon be starting a set, asking for a piece for Christmas and birthday gifts, but I also knew the orange Pumpkin Casserole would go with anything. So that is where I started my collection.
As it happens, I also like orange, as you can see from my logo:
Going forward, I’m going to get a set in this green. Love, love, love this green called Fennel:
Helen’s Southern OMG-These-Are-Good Baked Beans
1 awesome Le Creuset Casserole dish. I recommend the Pumpkin.
1 large green bell pepper
1 large yellow bell pepper
1 large red bell pepper
1 onion. Size is a matter of taste
~1/4 cup brown sugar
A few dashes of tabasco sauce. Add as many dashes as you desire. I dashed 4 times.
A big squirt of ketchup
A bigger squirt of yellow mustard. Reverse your squirt size, if you so desire.
A piece of left over ham from Easter dinner (hopefully stored in your freezer for these times.)
Cut the peppers and onion to about half-inchish sized pieces. Sauté in a bit of butter or a good EVOO.
Put beans into the casserole dish, add sautéd items in with the beans along with everything else, and stir.
Bake in the oven at 250 degrees F for 2 – 4 hours. It really doesn’t matter. The longer you cook ’em, the more time you can spend on your mani-pedi and be able to say to the ladies at the potluck, “Why, I cooked all day.”
I hope you try my recipe. And I wish you well. Don’t be fooled when others tell you Southerners are known for leaving out an ingredient from their recipes. No sirree, don’t you believe them for one minute.
P.S. Le Creuset is one smart company. They were careful to offer any piece of cookware. If they said any piece, I would have been ALL OVER this awesome bike.
Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl. Right after I posted the Le Creuset and P. Allen Smith’s recipe share for Helen’s Southern OMG-These-Are-Good Baked Beans, I made sure every ingredient was added to the recipe AND in the right amounts. Helen
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