These are not your average baked beans. In fact, I suppose that these are technically not “baked beans” at all as they are made entirely on the stove-top — with the nice effect of taking less time — but they have the same rich and comforting flavor as those more traditionally simmered in the oven. In fact, they have an even richer flavor with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes, apple and dried cranberries. For a special twist, I used pinto beans and included herbs and a dash of liquid smoke too.
Deep flavored with hints of sweetness and smokiness, this modern take on an old classic pairs really well with a side of rice and a lightly dressed leafy geen salad.
Stove-Top Baked Beans with Apple and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Rinse the pinto beans and soak for 8 hours or overnight in several inches of water. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, soak the sun-dried tomatoes in 1 cup of hot water for 30 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking water, and chop.
In a large saucepan, combine the sun-dried tomatoes along with their soaking water, apple, jalapeño, diced tomatoes, mustard, molasses, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, paprika, rosemary, thyme, liquid smoke, cranberries and pinto beans. Bring to a gentle boil and then cover and simmer until the mixture thickens. This should take about 20 to 30 minutes.
Stir in the salt and black pepper and garnish with a little more maple syrup if desired.