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Brown Sugar Baked Beans with Bacon

14 Jun

Here’s one of my favorite side dishes to take to summer potlucks and barbecues.  These brown sugar baked beans with bacon are beyond easy.  The kind of easy that seriously simplifies your day.  They are so yummy that I always make extra.  Because it’d be a bummer to run out of these sweet beans.

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Everyone loves these savory yet sweet baked beans.  They will think you slaved in the kitchen all day, soaking and cooking those beans.  Little do they know that this bean dish took you about 3 minutes to assemble (yes, assemble) and just a bit of time in the oven.  Let’s not tell ’em the secret.

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This perfect BBQ side dish consists of canned beans, brown sugar, and just enough real bacon to give it that extra yum factor.  This bean dish is a favorite side, as it’s sweet, salty, and a little bit smoky all at the same time.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to burgers, more burgers, chicken, or whatever you’re grillin’ up.  It’s awesome next to a super easy and delish potato salad.

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Even my kids will eat up these baked beans, and kids aren’t known to be bean-a-holics.  People who aren’t bean fans will come back for more.  And it only takes a few minutes to get this dish on the table.  I seriously don’t know if I’ll ever be able to post another recipe with such teensy directions.  Happy cookout season.

Enjoy! 🙂

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BROWN SUGAR BAKED BEANS WITH BACON
(serves 15-20 side dishes)

INGREDIENTS

2 cans (29 oz each) of good quality baked beans (Bush’s Country Style is great)
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 TB brown sugar
2 tsp mustard powder
3 TB ketchup
2 TB onion powder or dried minced onion
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Set oven to 350F.

Combine all ingredients, except for bacon, in a serving dish of your choice.  Stir to fully incorporate ingredients.  Sprinkle crumbled bacon evenly on top.  Cover and place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until dish is hot.  Serve warm.

Source:  Chew Out Loud

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PIZZA: BBQ Chicken with Smoked Bacon

27 Jul BBQ Chicken Pizza

Pizza.  Mmmm, cheese, sauce, and toppings.  Pizza is one comfort food that always hits the spot.  Come to think of it, I just realized we don’t go out for pizza much at all.  What the family does do is have fun with DIY pizza creations at home.  We’ve created all kinds of pies, with yummy topping combos.   Here is an all time favorite – the BBQ Chicken Pizza, embellished with smoked bacon.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza, with a bit of smoky bacon

I fashioned this recipe from memorable BBQ chicken pizzas I had at pizza joints back in the day.  CPK creates a yummy BBQ chicken pizza with cilantro.  I use basil because I love it.  You can do whatever suits your taste buds!  The fun thing about creating your own version is that you can sprinkle as much or as little of the ingredients you like.  This BBQ Chicken Pizza gets a lot of its smoky flavor from the smoked Gouda (highly recommended) and smoked bacon.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Smoked Bacon – perfection in a pie

We piled on the BBQ chicken, crisp bacon, savory cheese, and lathered on that tangy sauce.  I also threw on some sliced red onions and fresh basil for color and flavor.  Seriously, I can’t believe how quickly my kids devoured this pizza.  They didn’t bother to pick off the onions, like they usually do.  Now, if I can only figure out how to transfer that to other dishes that include onions.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza – savory toppings on a chewy, crispy crust

The tasty toppings rest on a gorgeous homemade crust, which is pretty easy to make.  The crust is chewy and soft, with crisp exterior.  I usually use a large pizza stone, so that helps with getting a better crust.  My kitchen is currently warm with the summer, which means much easier rising of the dough.  In the winter, I let dough rise in the oven, with oven bulb light on for a tiny boost of warmth.  If needed, you can let your oven warm up on “warm” setting and turn it off, and then put dough in to rise.  Just watch it carefully so it doesn’t over rise.  The actual baking time is only 15-20 minutes!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza – go ahead, grab a plate

What are we waiting for?  Let’s get cooking!

RECIPE (one 14 inch pizza)

INGREDIENTS

For the dough:
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp salt
2 TB good olive oil
1 1/2 cups water to 110F
3 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cups extra flour
1-2 TB cornmeal for dusting pizza stone, if desired
Optional herbs for herb-infused crust:
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder

For the pizza topping:
6-7  chicken tenderloin fillets
1 cup sweet honey barbeque sauce (I only use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
2 TB honey
1 tsp salt
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1 cup smoked Gouda, shredded
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3 TB chopped fresh basil
4 slices smoked bacon (applewood is great), cooked and cut into pieces
fresh cracked pepper

DIRECTIONS

Make BBQ Sauce:  Mix sweet honey BBQ sauce with 2 TB honey and 1 tsp salt.  Set aside.  This can be done way ahead of time and kept in fridge.

For the chicken:  Thoroughly dry raw chicken tenderloin fillets with paper towels.  Lay each piece flat on baking pan and generously sprinkle salt over the top of each piece.  Pour 1/4 cup BBQ sauce mixture over chicken, and mix in well so all parts of chicken are completely coated.  Rearrange fillets in single layer.  Bake chicken at 350F for 15-20 min., or until chicken is just cooked but not overcooked (if your chicken pieces are thicker, you may need to bake longer.)  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  When cool, dice chicken into bite size pieces.

For the dough:  In large bowl, mix yeast, salt, brown sugar, and oil.  Let sit for 10 minutes or until foams.

Mix in 3 cups of flour.  Knead in more flour as needed until dough is no longer sticky.  Add any desired herbs to dough.  Place dough into well oiled bowl, turn dough in bowl until dough is covered with oil, and cover with a damp cloth.  Let dough rise until doubles, about 1 hour in a warm room – true rising time depends on temperature of your room.  After dough is doubled, punch it down, and form tight ball.  Let dough relax for 1-2 minutes.  Roll it out to large circle, flouring your board a bit if needed.  Roll up edges so you have a pizza crust about 14 inches in diameter.

Preheat oven to 425F.  Place pizza stone to preheat in oven if you are using one.  If you have a pizza peel, you can assemble your pizza on that and slide onto hot pizza stone when ready.  You can also assemble your pizza on room temp pizza stone; it just won’t be as crisp on the bottom – it will help to sprinkle cornmeal over pizza stone and spray with oil before laying your dough on top of it.   If you are baking on a pan, oil pan and let dough rise 20 min. before topping/baking.

To assemble pizza:  Spread the rest of BBQ sauce mixture over the dough evenly.  Place diced chicken and bacon over sauce.  Layer red onion slices over chicken.  Sprinkle on mozzarella and smoked Gouda.  Top with freshly cracked black pepper.  Bake pizza for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from heat and sprinkle on chopped basil.

Enjoy!

Source:  Chew Out Loud, inspired by CPK

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