I found this dish in a cookbook, and thought it sounded interesting. However, I have to say, instead of a "casserole" type dish, this reminded me more of chili with a twist. I'm not a big baked bean fan, but this wasn't bad! Plus, it's topped with bacon and well, need I say more?
Baked Bean Casserole
Original recipe from The Deen Brothers, "Y'All Come Eat" Cookbook, pg. 150
Non-stick cooking spray
2 T vegetable or olive oil
2 large onions, finely chopped (2 C)
1 lb. ground beef
2 - 15oz. cans Boston-style baked beans
2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped (1 C)
1/4 C packed light brown sugar
1 T Dijon mustard
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
5 slices bacon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium eat. Add the onion, cook about 5 minutes or until softened. Add the beef; cook about 10 minutes or until brown, breaking meat up with a fork as it cooks.
3. In a large bowl, combine the beef mixture with teh remaining ingredients except the bacon; mix well. Pour beef mixture into the prepared casserole; arrange the bacon slices on top. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake about 45 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Bacon will not be crisp at this point. Uncover dish and preheat broiler. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.
I think you could serve this with french fries, like I did - or with my Load 'Em Up Smashed Potatoes!
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Enjoy and live with gusto!