Baked Beans with Apple

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into lardons

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

1 medium onion, chopped 

Three 15-ounce cans navy beans 

1/2 cup ketchup 

1/4 cup molasses 

1/4 cup dark brown sugar 

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Put the bacon in a large, cold cast-iron skillet and cook over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon is almost crisp, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the apple and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apple is crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cans of beans with their liquid to the skillet.
  5. Rinse and drain the remaining can of beans, and add it to the skillet.
  6. Add the ketchup, molasses, sugar, mustard, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, and stir to combine.
  7. Bring the beans and apples to a low simmer, then transfer the skillet to the preheated oven.
  8. Bake uncovered, until the apples are tender and jammy, about 30 minutes.
  9. Serve warm.
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