Monday, November 1, 2010

Root Beer Baked Beans



I am a recovering addict.  

From pop.

I seriously was addicted to it. I crave it. 

I no longer drink it.  Regularly at least.

There have been some exceptions though.  The occasional special party, a BBQ sauce, and now: Beans. 




Root beer beans sounded intriguing. What can I say?  I'm weak. 

Interestingly, this is also my first official baked beans. I have always cooked my beans on the stove or the crock pot.  This is the first time in the oven.


They turned out really good.  It certainly was a different flavor.  I wouldn't have detected it as rootbeer, that's for sure.  Just different.  Different good though. 

I loved the texture of them too. I loved how thick they got in the oven, that is a technique I think I will do again. 



Rootbeer Baked Beans
Adapted from Moogie and Pap

4 slices applewood smoked bacon, cut into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 (15 oz) cans white kidney beans (or any beans will work), rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups root beer
3 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Cook bacon in a pan over medium heat until crisp.  Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels.  Add onions to drippings and cook until beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.  Add garlic, stir for about 1 minute.  Add beans, rootbeer, molasses, tomato paste, mustard and seasonings, mix. Stir in bacon.  Transfer to a 9 x 13 pan, bake uncovered until liquid thickens, about 30 minutes.



Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

41 comments:

  1. I have been totally craving baked beans lately - this recipe looks awesome! I love when the beans are thicker too, it's heartier to me that way. I can't wait to try this!

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  2. I have noticed Root beer showing up in many recipes lately, those beans look delicious.

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  3. I have only ever heard of root beer, have never seen or tasted it! I am cooking Chilie Con Carne tonight, wonder what ordinary beer would taste like in that? Diane

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  4. Love baked beans, the flavors sound so good, looks delicious.

    I'm totally addicted to soda. Coke and Sprite. But wouldn't turn down a Root Beer or an Orange.

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  5. OH MY GOODNESS!! YUM! I love beans...and I love root beer! Perfect combo! A few weeks ago I saw a bottle of fancy root beer in my parents fridge. I HAD TO DRINK IT! It was 4 WW points and worth every sip. lol

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  6. Very cool, I need to tell my mom this secret

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  7. The beans look amazing!

    You were one of the winners of my giveaway. E-mail me your address and I will send the coupons to you. Congrats!

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  8. Those look delicious. I have been wanting to make homemade baked beans but I just never do. The root beer does sound interesting. I will have to give it a try when I finally make them. :o)

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  9. I went back to caloriecount.com to see if I could enter the rootbeer beans in, and I still couldn't figure it out!

    Looks delicious - and I can have beans on South Beach - but no rootbeer :(

    Happy Monday!

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  10. Great idea, I need to try this! Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. I have never made baked beans before....strange why haven't I?
    This looks so delish!

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  12. Sounds great! I've tried Coca Cola in baked beans and chili...but never root beer. Have had them with Dr Pepper which is almost the same...but root beer has less sweetness so I bet these are really good!

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  13. This is a seriously novel idea. I admit that I'm intrigued.

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  14. My kids would go insane for those. Gotta try that.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  15. I can imagine this! Sounds very yummy to me.

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  16. These beans sound DELICIOUS!

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  17. This recipe sounds amazing! Soda AND beans! 2 of my favorite things! I am out of baked beans in the freezer and have been meaning to make a batch! I might just make a batch of these!

    Funny, I saw this posted on one of the carnivals. Knowing you like beans, I thought: "I wonder if Debbi has seen this yet..." only to click on it and see it's your post! LOL!

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  18. I am a Coke Zero addict, so I understand your plight. At least you've found a great way to get your pop fix along with some fiber! Haha. Looks delicious.

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  19. Hi Debbi,
    Those beans looks wonderful. I can't wait to try them. I think they will melt in my mouth. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Miz Helen

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  20. Nothing like catching our eye with that intriguing title! Root Beer?? Sounds like something I want to make. Saving this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  21. i love baked beans but i have only ever made them from a can. yours sound so good!

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  22. love baked beans but have never made them like this I will try this the teens may love it so much it replaces my regular recipe

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  23. Ohhh... I am a total soda-a-holic! I hear you on that one. But, I've never tried root beer in baked beans! NICE! They look yummy. I've also never tried baked beans in the oven, so maybe I'll make it a first :)

    Thanks for sharing at Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday!

    Dr. Laura

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  24. Sounds like a great baked bean recipe! Just popping over for a little catch up, been rough times lately, I'm so far behind on blog visits. I hate when that happens.

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  25. I am a rootbeer addict too. I allow myself one a day. We would love this.

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  26. Interesting! Never heard of anything like this but I'll have to give it a try!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  27. Our kids love baked beans! I have never done from scratch! This is perfect! The more from scratch I can make the better for my family! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Root beer, who knew? I like the texture of baked beans over the stove top, they get all nice and thick!

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  29. I have never tried root beer, and I have never tried making my own baked beans - clearly this recipe is something I need to try. Mmmmm, wonder if I can even get root beer here - don't think I've ever seen it anywhere. What does it taste like? What could I substitute if I can't find it?
    Sue

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  30. I love coca-cola chocolate cake, why not root beer baked beans! I bet these are delicious,I love my beans nice and thick too. They really look yummy!

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  31. What an interesting combination - I think it sounds delicious!

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  32. I find it interesting. .sounds delicious but new to me because of the root beer. It's making me hungry=)

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  33. Interested recipe. I used to be seriously addicted to Chocolate and like you, I too don't eat it any more (on a daily basis that is :P)

    Congratulation on giving up POP - I know how hard it can be!!

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  34. These sound amazing and I find myself intrigued. Just looking at the pictures makes me really hungry!!

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  35. Debbi, I too was addicted to coke. Plain straight sugary coke. I loved it. I still occasionally drink it, but I also make my own kombucha and my own lime fizzy whey soda and that seems to eliminate my need for the coke. You might want to try doing that. I adore sweet beans like these and since my husband is a huge rootbeer fan I will totally be trying these! :) Thanks for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week. Alex@amoderatelife

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  36. I am also a recovering soda drinker - and root beer was one of my two downfalls - that and Dr. P. I bet these beans are the kind people love but can't quite figure out the secret until you tell them! thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop!

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  37. They look wonderful, I have printed this and will give it a try. Thanks

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  38. This looks so awesome! I'm going to try this. It's the perfect time of year.

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  39. i love rootbeer! i have a recipe where i marinate pork belly in rootbeer for 2 days. these beans look spectacular...i will have to give them a try when i get home. YUM! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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