Say hello to my favorite trashy summer comfort food!

Skillet Baked White Beans. (on toast!) I howsweeteats.com

Crunchy bacon and all.

I once read somewhere that eating baked beans with eggs was “so redneck.” Since my husband likes to claim he is “so redneck” and yesterday I witnessed him playing with fire for about an hour on a charcoal grill while blasting George Strait even though all of our neighbors were outside – and he also really likes this snack, maybe it is. But I dunno. It’s just SO GOOD.

Also, can we talk about how excited I am for grilling season? Yesterday we grilled a ton of food and I’m prepared to do the same all week. I mean, technically all year is grilling season here but now it’s like, I-can-stand-outside-without-hating-life-and-drink-frosty-beer-in-the-sun grilling season. You know it.

Skillet Baked White Beans. (on toast!) I howsweeteats.com

So these beans. These freaking beans. They accompanied our pork sandwiches a few weeks ago and I think… just might be perfect for memorial day. Unless you’re feeling bourbon and all traditional-like. This week is going to be memorial day food overload. SO READY.

I’ve been eating beans and eggs for years – in fact, I’ll often make extra baked beans just so I can have them for breakfast for a couple mornings the following week. But the eggs need to be fried or poached, with ridiculous runny yolks so the whole mess marries together and creates a fabulous flavor explosion that fits perfectly on seedy, crunchy toast.

I’d be okay with never saying flavor explosion again. It’s true

Skillet Baked White Beans. (on toast!) I howsweeteats.com

These baked beans aren’t your regular old stand-bys. I used cannellini beans instead of my usual navy and while they are still saucy, they aren’t quite as saucy as slow-cooked versions. With beans ranking up there as one of my favorite foods (seriously, in all capacities), I wanted these white beans to shine.

With the bacon, of course.

I’m almost embarrassed to share what a run of the mill meal this is for me, but it’s one I crave every summer. It’s like my second option to avocado toast, when all the avocados have those gross little brown hairs in them or are being totally facetious in appearance and actually black inside. Like THIS. Feel it.

Skillet Baked White Beans. (on toast!) I howsweeteats.com

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Skillet Baked White Beans. (on toast!)

Yield: serves 6+

Total Time: 2.5 hours

Ingredients:

2 pounds dry cannellini beans, soaked overnight
6 slices thick cut bacon
1 sweet onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup bqq sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock

for serving:
whole grain bread, toasted
fried eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Take three slices of bacon and chop them. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Once some of the fat has rendered, add the onion and stir to coat. Cook until the onion is softened and the bacon is crispier, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the brown sugar, vinegar, molasses, mustard, paprika salt and pepper. Stir until the sugar dissolves and everything is combined. Add the beans and the chicken stock, stirring to mix. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Place the remaining bacon strips directly on top of the beans (you can cut them in half if you'd like).

Place the skillet in the oven and cover it with a lid or tent it with aluminum foil. Bake for 2 hours or even a bit longer as the beans soak up the liquid. Taste before serving and season additionally if needed. My favorite way to eat these is on buttered toast with a fried egg.

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64 Responses to “Skillet Baked White Beans. (on toast!)”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 19, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    I love all the spices and seasonings you put into your beans…ACV, molasses, bbq sauce, smoked paprika…I can almost smell it from here! So good!

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — May 19, 2014 @ 6:58 am

    If eating beans with eggs is what being a redneck is, then SIGN ME UP! I love baked beans, and these look like heaven, with their crunchy bacon topping. Also, don’t British people love baked beans? British = posh, so I choose to believe that these are super fancy.

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    scarlett — May 19, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    you are so cute. love this post, thank you!
    xx scarlett

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    ATasteOfMadness — May 19, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    Wow, I didn’t even know that this was a thing! Now that I do know, I think I’ll be craving this all summer too!

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    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — May 19, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    I never though of bean on toast as trash. the addition of bacon does make it a little trash but who cares it is bacon. Anything with bacon is instantly delicious by default!
    Amazing

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    Morgan — May 19, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    Looks delicious! I know the bacon gives so much flavor, so I’m going to have to think of a veggie alternative…maybe tempeh? I don’t know. Why cant plants make bacon.

    Love the avocado post! I buy mine as green as a lime at Food City because they’re 10 for $2 :)

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    DessertForTwo — May 19, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I’m a bean freak, too! I love ‘em for breakfast topped with pico de gallo!

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    Ali @ Peaches and Football — May 19, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    Those beans look absolutely amazing! I love combining them with bacon and serving with eggs – I’ve never had beans and eggs together but with the bacon tying it together, I think it would be great for a fun new breakfast idea!!

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    Rachel — May 19, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    These look simply amazing Jessica, thank you. I’ve been after a good homemade baked bean recipe for ages.

    And I don’t see eggs and beans as “so redneck”, that is a common combination which makes up part of a good old British Full English breakfast. Then again, this is coming from the girl who is currently sitting out on the patio in the middle of the English countryside sipping on iced tea and blasting retro Blake Shelton to the surrounding wildlife..!

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    Monica — May 19, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    I love baked beans for so many reasons – it just tastes so good! On toast, with a runny egg is paradise. I am going to have to break up my breakfast routine and serve this as a surprise breakfast one day!

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    Mallory @forkvsspoon — May 19, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    i adore simple meals like this…toast, beans, bacon, and an egg. Filling both for the stomach and the soul. Have a great Monday!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — May 19, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    This is actually really British! They have beans on toast all the time. They even have spaghetti on toast (which I can’t get behind at all). Yum!

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    Abigail Hoppen — May 19, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    o.m.g i just died

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 19, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    I remember eating many baked bean sandwiches as a kid! They were beans out of a can though, and yours sound SO much better. Like you, I’m SO pumped about grilling season. I made cod on the BBQ last night and I’m pretty sure I’ll do the same again today (lunch maybe?) because it was just awesome.

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — May 19, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    TOTALLY agree with your grilling sentiments. My post today highlights the same thing! I’m pumped for grilling season. Also, redneck or not, these beans look fabulous. You KNOW I’m all about a runny egg yolk on just about anything. These beans are no exception.

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    Michelle Hill — May 19, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    Hi!!
    I just stumbled upon your website and I am hooked. I absolutely love your personality, gorgeous photos and delicious recipes.
    My friend and I have recently decided to join forces and combine our blog together. I keep reading (and as I read on one of your posts as well) that finding your “own voice” is so important and although I struggled at first, your blog has allowed that to “click” for me and now I get it. I’m so excited to start cooking and writing. Thank you for that!! and for sharing your passion and life as well.
    Happy eating!
    Michelle

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    Michelle Hill — May 19, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    ohhh! one after thought, my hubby is really into “cheat meals” where he allows himself to eat anything he wants with no regrets once a week. Baked beans with bacon and eggs on toast was one of them! I can’t wait to surprise him with this bad boy of a recipe!!
    Thanks again!

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    Todd — May 19, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    I’m pretty sure we have the same palate. Avocado toast and skillet baked beans with runny egg yolk!! Doesn’t get much better than this :) Seriously, this is all I need in life.

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    Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire — May 19, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Definitely not trashy or redneck at all! Beans on toast is a classic English breakfast!

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    Lisa D — May 19, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    Baked beans on toast is a staple British meal – either at breakfast with eggs, fried tomatoes and mushrooms or for a super easy (and cheap) dinner! Heinz beans on toast will always be my go-to.

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    Ashley — May 19, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    Beans + eggs!! YES! I love adding rice to the beans and then topping w/the eggs. OH YAH.

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    LisaG — May 19, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    This is kinda like redneck wayvos rancheros! And gotta love George; the man doesn’t age.

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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — May 19, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    I’m totes a redneck, but it’s probably because I’m from South Carolina and eat BBQ and eggs every Christmas morning and have a cousin who used to have a possum as a pet. Yup, no lie.

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    Beth @ bethcakes — May 19, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    I live in Alabama (can’t get much more redneck than that) and was not aware that it was acceptable to eat baked beans for breakfast, so if i learned anything from this post, I’m glad it was that!

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    ami@naivecookcooks — May 19, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    These look so good and perfect breakfast in my book too!!

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    Elizabeth — May 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

    I would never think to incorporate beans in my breakfast, but sign me up, this looks amazballs.

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — May 19, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

    My husband is English and we do baked beans on toast with bacon all the time. Will have to add egg next time!

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    Sarisa — May 19, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

    Is it really 2 POUNDS of beans? That seems like a lot of beans. I really want to make this, could you clarify? Thanks!!

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    Colette M McWilliams — May 19, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

    It looks delicious to me. I love beans and eggs. Normally refried or lentils. I will have to give this a try.

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    Corri — May 19, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    Have bought everything and am going to make these this Sunday for brunch! Cant wait…

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — May 19, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    Oh heck yyyaaaasssssss. I want to live in these beans.

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    Matt Robinson — May 20, 2014 @ 12:20 am

    I saw this on IG and had to pop over. And I’m so glad I did! I don’t know what’s better, the recipe itself (amazing!), or the way you describe it as trashy summer comfort food. Love your husbands taste in music too. Guess I am a redneck cause this sounds amazing!!

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    Elle — May 20, 2014 @ 1:19 am

    Saucy baked beans can be used in combination. Just like your recipe. I find it most tasty with minced meat or boiled eggs and good seasonings like chopped green pepper.

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    Baked beans with eggs and bacon is such a British staple. Go anywhere in the UK and ask for a full English breakfast and you’ll get beans, eggs, bacon, toast, sausage and normally fried tomato and maybe some fried mushrooms. It’s something they take very seriously and would be quite offended to hear it called redneck!!

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    Baked beans with eggs and bacon is such a British staple. Go anywhere and ask for a full English breakfast and you’ll get beans, eggs, bacon, toast, sausage and normally fried tomato and maybe some fried mushrooms. It’s something they take very seriously and would be quite offended to hear it called redneck!! This homemade version sounds delicious!

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    Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebe — May 20, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    obsessed with baked beans. It’s funny though, I never think to make them in summer. Perhaps I’ll kick off my memorial day weekend with a cozy little breakfast of these bad boys.

    xo

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    Colleen — May 20, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    With the summer almost upon us I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Perhaps this upcoming three-day weekend is just the excuse I need.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — May 20, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    looooove white beans, so this bbq spin looks absolutely delish doll!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — May 20, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Any breakfast with eggs and bacon is a big plus in my world! I’ve never had them with white beans but it sure looks delicious!

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — May 20, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    At first I was thinking beams, boooring- BUT then I remember who it is and I knew you were kickin it up a notch or 10!! These looks soo good, especially in my belly!

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    Angel Reyes — May 20, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

    Beautiful! I like all bean-related dishes, especially if baked! And that bacon looks amazing!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — May 20, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    I love it when you “trash” things up. love this!

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    Karen — May 20, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

    You should put a warning somewhere that these could be addictive. I have a feeling once I try these I’ll be hooked. I grew up on beans on toast, a privileged life for sure, but these go way beyond what Heinz used to serve us. Thanks!

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    It looks like something I’ll be definitely making.

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    coxy — May 20, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    Bacon and eggs! My favourite! :D

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    Kelsie @ Pizza & Champagne — May 20, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    If redneck means these beans…..yes please.

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    Adam @ CorrChilled — May 21, 2014 @ 5:02 am

    Beautiful! A lovely twist on the traditional full English breakfast. Just so you know, we’ve included you in our Midweek Food and Blog Inspiration – The Best in Food Blogging This Week here: https://www.corrchilled.co.uk/index.php?route=pavblog/blog&id=59 :)

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    Cynthia — May 21, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    I’m currently going through recover for a tonsillectomy.. and i just wanna say thanks for you blog! I get to eat with my eyes every day! Makes me more hungry, but overall I think it helps me get through this recovery period a little better, even though it’s also making me crazy!

    I need a savory popsicle. I think you could make it happen.

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    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat — May 21, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    Love eggs, love bacon and especially loooooooooove beans!!! Absolutely LOVE this dish!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — May 21, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    One of my husband’s very favorite things to eat in all the world is Heinz beans on toast. It’s an English thing, I guess. It’s not a bad meal, actually. I’m going to give this a try. To us, this would be fancy. Looks amazing!

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