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Penny Ashton - 1990
Serves 6 or 8 as Dinner
12-15 as a side dish

325° Oven
3 Qt Casserole
1 ½ to 2 hours - minimum

  BAKED BEANS   For Dinner you have to serve Baked Beans with boiled hot dogs & Mustard on the side for dipping, B & M Brown Bread & Coleslaw or Carrot, Raisin, Apple Salad. In Winter it reminds you of Summer. It's best made 1 or 2 days in advance. Then just reheat it. Works great for summer parties.   8Bacon Strips Don’t use thick sliced. Crumble when cool.>Fry bacon crisp. Drain on and blot with paper towels. Drain pan leaving 2 T. Drippings.   1COnion (Chopped)>Cook in Drippings.   4CansVan Camp’s Pork&Beans (15 oz each)>Quickly drain 3 of the 4 cans. Don’t make a fuss about it. Just hold on to the lid and dump a good deal of the liquid off the top of the beans - Combine with Bacon & Onions in Casserole.   6TBrown Sugar>Add to Beans. Taste, Correct. Bake, uncovered. Turn the oven off or turn it down to 250. Let it sit in there. It will dry out a bit and stay warm 'till time to serve. Of course you can bake it into oblivion. You can’t hurt this stuff. 2TWorcestershire Sauce 2tPrepared Mustard 4TCatchup   This recipe is doubled. The last time I cooked it, I started it in the morning the day before the party. I forgot it was cooking and we went out to brunch and shopping. When I came back it was pretty dried out. I verified it wasn’t burned, then I added enough water to bring it back to the moisture level I like and cooled it down. I reheated it for the next day’s party. I got lots of compliments on that batch. It’s supposed to be on the dry side. Bacon Crumbling Note: I stack ’em then cut small with Kitchen Shears, just slightly larger than ¼ inch.   Brown Bread Notes: Grandma taught me to poke 2 holes in the top of the can, sit the can in boiling water and steam it for up to 1 hour. Now we wrap in Plastic Wrap, so it steams, and microwave it, for 45 Seconds. After it was through steaming in the can, she would open both ends, with the can opener, and use the tin can top, at one end, to push the bread out of the other end. You only pushed out enough to slice one piece at a time. Leaving it in the can helped it stay hot until more was needed. She also showed me how to cut Brown Bread with a short (18") length of string. This is fun for kids to help with:
  1. Lay the string out flat.
  2. Place the bread on top of the string.
  3. Crisscross the ends of the string over the top of the bread.
  4. Pull the ends of the string till it cuts through the bread.