Smokey Baked Beans

BakedBeans_Portrait_Win13-659x1024Sure, you can BUY baked beans from the supermarket but they won’t make everyone who tastes it want to immediately pash you indiscriminately now will they? This sumptuous bowl of wintery glory is so delicious I can’t use enough superlatives.

A poached egg on top is likely to make your mouth twerk harder than Miley Cyrus wearing rubber underwear.Out of laziness you may say to yourself, meh, I can’t be bothered poaching eggs as well – STOP RIGHT THERE (thank you very much, I need somebody with a human touch). JUST STOP. You are wrong. That poached egg is not optional. Your mouthbuds demand it, even if they don’t know it yet. The rich, tangy, smokey bean needs that gooey rich egg, like Miley needs the aforementioned rubber underwear.

I did not take this photo (left) because I was so enamoured of my beans that I forgot to snap them. Shame. Fortunately, the internet is plentiful and I’ve pilfered this from the good people at Sumptious. Apologies for the gratuitous thievery.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1 carrot, cut in 4 pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tins cannellini beans
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 ham hock (ask the butcher to chop it up into 4 sections)
  • 4 eggs (fresh as you can get)
  • 2-3 stalks of parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • Crusty bread or toast

Gear

  • Thermomix
  • Saucepan
  • a plate, lined with paper towel

Method

  1. With the blades running, add onion, garlic & parsley in bowl and chop 5 secs/speed 4
  2. With the blades running, add the carrot and celery and chop 5 secs/speed 4
  3. Add oil, paprika, cloves and saute 4 mins / speed 1
  4. Add ham hock pieces, tomato, sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard, stock and cook 15 mins/90º/speed 1/reverse
  5. Add beans 6 mins/100º/speed 1/reverse
  6. All the ham should be pulling off the bone by now so remove the bones (keep them for the dog!) and chop big (ie not bite size) chunks up and return the meat into the beans
  7. Get a pot of water just boiling, not quite boiling, just under
  8. Set out your serving bowls and serve the beans
  9. Make a whirlpool in the not-boiling water and gently drop an egg into the centre of the whirlpool
  10. Let it cook for a approx 2 minutes, depending on the size of the egg. If the white is no longer translucent it’s done
  11. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and let as much water as possible get sucked up by the paper towel on the plate, use it to give the egg a gentle pat – don’t take the egg off the spoon
  12. Gently drop the egg on top of the beans
  13. Repeat for all eggs.
  14. Serve with bread/toast
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