yields ten servings
1 lb. navy beans
¼ lb. bacon, toasted and drained
1 diced onion
1 hambone, chopped in squares
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses or maple syrup
1 teaspoon mustard powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1- ⅓ oz. package beef consomme
Wash the beans and soak overnight. The following day, add the beef consomme and cook in a pressure cooker. When the pot starts to whistle, turn off and let cool. Save 1 cup of bean broth and drain rest.
Combine the drained beans, bacon and onion in a pot. In the cup of bean broth, mix the molasses (or syrup), brown sugar, mustard powder, salt and pepper.
Pour into a baking pan and bake at 300 degrees F for 2½ hours, stirring once in a while. If necessary, add a little more bean broth.
Serve with white rice and salad.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Leah Matalon, Hudson, Ohio, for TasteBook