Beans, Beans the musical fruit….lol!! I remember that little jingle from when I was a kid. I’m not going to repeat the whole thing because it references a bodily function…:-) and I’ve always wondered why they called it a fruit??
So doing my due diligence I looked it up on Answers.com and this is what I got…
“Technically and botanically, fruit – since they form from the fertilized flower and contain the seeds of the plant, just like pumpkins and other gourds, tomatoes, corn, berries, etc.
Vegetable do not have seeds and consist of the stems, leaves, roots or other parts of the plant.
However culinary, they are usually considered a vegetable crop, perhaps because they don’t grow on trees and don’t contain a seed pulp surrounding the seed.
Beans are also considered legumes. Beans are dry fruits”
So any way my family and I love beans!! All the different kinds…in all the different ways! And while we were grilling out the other day I thought I would put a twist in the usual baked beans by using 3 different varieties of beans instead of the traditional can of pork and beans…here is what I did:
I started by browning 1/2 lb. of bacon, cut into small bites. Then I added 1/2 of a white onion (diced), 1/2 of a green bell pepper (diced) and 1 TBSP. of minced garlic…Sautéing them until soft..
In a baking dish or casserole dish I added my drained beans…I used 1 can of each…pinto beans, black beans and red beans.
Then I added the sautéed vegetable’s… stirred them in.
For the sauce I used about 1 cup of bar-b-que sauce, 1/4 cup of brown and 2 TBSP. of prepared mustard.
Then I baked them, uncovered for 30 t0 45 minutes in a 350 oven .
The different textures of the beans was a great little change to a traditional bean bake!!