Friday, December 12, 2014

Jazzy baked beans on toast

Lately, The Boy and I have been having brunch instead of breakfast and lunch. It's not entirely intentional but by the time we're done with our coffees, morning errands and are ready to cook, it's about 10am and therefore more brunch than breakfast, though we still call it breakfast. We're finding this works quite well for us and it means we can have a late afternoon snack and then a slightly later dinner.

We were debating what to have for breakfast this morning and originally it was supposed to be waffles with strawberries (The Boy bought some gorgeous fresh strawberries a few days ago!) and bacon. The difficult thing? The bacon was still frozen and we were out of eggs for the waffle batter.

Since we were out of a few things, we decided on a quick run to the grocery store and saw that some Heinz baked beans were on sale. We could get a large size three pack for $2.99! Score! After seeing the baked beans, The Boy decided that he wanted baked beans for breakfast instead.

The thing I love about baked beans is that it is super simple to make. To keep it really basic, I could have just warmed up the baked beans in a pot but we like to jazz up our baked beans a little.

Here's what we did:

  • 1 400g can baked beans
  • 2/3 punnet grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 green capsicum, diced
  • Handful of ham or prosciutto, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 slices toast to serve

  • Put all the ingredients into a pot. Stir thoroughly until everything is well mixed.
  • Heat on high and bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes on low or until the tomatoes are starting to soften.
  • Serve on slices of toast and eat it while it is still hot

We used prosciutto with ours since I had a hunk of prosciutto in the fridge. I slice off some 1/2 cm hunks and then diced them up into small pieces. The Boy said that the prosciutto turned the baked beans from pedestrian to classy. Well, to be exact he said the prosciutto might have been too classy for baked beans but it sure did make the dish taste good. :-)

For some reason, we often forget that jazzed up baked beans makes a very satisfying meal. The Boy kept saying that we definitely need to remember to have baked beans more often. It's a lovely addition to the other things that we regularly do for breakfast.

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