Friday, December 5, 2008

Recipe from my Mom

I haven't tried it yet but I will this week and then post what we thought. If you try it - let me know what you think! My mom is a Cancer surviver and Diabetic (recovered!) so I am including her substitutions for all you health conscious folks out there!

Apple Bean Bake - in the Crock-pot!
4 Tbsp. butter (Mom just sprayed with Pam)
2 large apples, cubed with peel on but without core
1/2 c. brown sugar (Mom used brown sugar splenda)
1/4 c. sugar (Mom used white splenda)
1/2 c. ketchup
1 tsp. cinnamon (don't skimp)
1 Tbsp. molasses
3 large cans of beans, 19 ounce, (mix them up) Mom used black, chickpeas and romano (pinto would be American equivalent).
Can also put in ham.

Melt butter in skillet. Add apples and cook till tender.
Stir in sugars, Cook till melted. Stir in ketchup, cinnamon, molasses
and salt.

Add beans and ham. Mix well. Pour into slow cooker and cook on high
2-4 hours. (Mom cooked hers on low for 6 hours.)

If you have the Fix-it and Forget-it book,
Feasting with your slow cooker, it is on page 219.


shaniber said...

OH. EM. GEE. I am -totally- going to try this. beans are good... but with the apples... WOW.

dotoner said...

Okay, finally made this. Here are the changes I made to the recipe:
I used 1 tbs of butter and a little spray (cause my pan seemed a bit dry) I used the full 1/2cup of brown sugar(the real stuff) and then a 1/3rd of a cup white splenda. I used Great White Northern, Black and Vegetarian baked beans.

It smelled great on the stove-top so I did sample some - it was much too sweet for my liking. So to counteract the I went ahead and added two small cans of (hormels) extra lean canned ham in water. I can only find this at Safeway.
This may have been a mistake 'cause I got a bit grossed out at the 'meatiness' of the beans. I will transfer them to the crock and let them simmer the afternoon away before I taste them again.

I know Eric is going to LOVE these sweet molasses style beans are his favourite and he is not squeamish about meat at all!

StefRobrts said...

I made this last night. I'm going to agree it was too sweet. I did add some chopped up ham, but the chunks of ham got kind of hard and 'candied' by the time it was done cooking. Dave is not fond of beans, so I was hoping he would like this. He said he liked it better than some of the other bean dishes I've made, but even he thought it was too sweet.

Do you not eat meat?

dotoner said...

I do in moderation - it grosses me out at times. I don't know why - just always has. Some things are a no-go though - 'real' hot dogs, hamburgers made from beef and any kind of grilled steak is pretty stomach turning for me! I am so ood . . .