Baked Beans With Slab Bacon & Breadcrumbs
April 01, 2015
Categories: Side Dishes, Beans, Fall/Autumn, Sunday Dinner, Oven Bake, Wine, White Beans more
"Not sweet beans but savory and crusty yumminess."
- Serving Size: 1 (187.1 g)
- Calories 322.6
- Total Fat - 18.2 g
- Saturated Fat - 4.9 g
- Cholesterol - 31.2 mg
- Sodium - 1199.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 26.1 g
- Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
- Sugars - 6.6 g
- Protein - 14.7 g
- Calcium - 85.1 mg
- Iron - 2.4 mg
- Vitamin C - 16.7 mg
- Thiamin - 0.3 mg
Step by Step Method
Drain beans and place in a large heavy pot along with halved onion, Parmesan rind (if using), halved head of garlic, bay leaves, and 2 tsp. salt. Add water to cover by 2”. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until beans are tender, 1–1½ hours.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until brown and most of fat has rendered, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs or a slotted spoon.
Add thinly sliced onion, shallot, thyme sprigs, and three-fourths of chopped garlic to pan drippings in skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to caramelize and is very soft, 10–15 minutes. Add wine, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost completely evaporated, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and pluck out thyme sprigs.
Preheat oven to 400°. Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid. Transfer beans to a large bowl and mix in bacon, onion mixture, thyme leaves, grated Parmesan, and 1½–2 cups cooking liquid (this will be most of it; mixture should be consistency of stew); season with salt and pepper. Transfer beans to a shallow 1½-qt. baking dish.
Mix breadcrumbs, oil, and remaining chopped garlic in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Scatter over beans; bake until liquid is thickened and bubbling and crumbs are golden brown, 45–55 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.
Do Ahead: Beans can be baked 5 days ahead. Let cool, cover and chill.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.