Today's guest needs no introduction.
Dana from MADE is here!
What's not to love about Dana? Her great sewing patterns and tutorials, her always gorgeous photography, her witty writing, and her mouthwatering recipes... her blog is a must follow. But you already know that. ;)
Something you may not know is that our youngest daughters, Clara and Natalie, are both exactly a month apart to the day! It's been fun to be pregnant together and then have them kind of grow up together (in a long distance digitally connected way ;)). I feel so blessed to call Dana my friend. She's as kind and caring as she is talented.
Here she is!
_____________________________Hello friends, I'm Dana from MADE.
And I've got to be honest....we don't eat a lot of soup at our house. Maybe because we hail from Austin, TX where it's summertime most of the year? But I really only make one soup: Potato, Broccoli, and Sweet Corn with bacon on top (of course).
When Delia asked me to share a soup, I wracked my brain, and asked friends for input, and finally came up with a soup-ish recipe to share....
And it probably works best as a side-dish. But it's very much like chili. Super chunky and super yummy. So on a cold night, throw it together with some cornbread, a side of apples, and you're set!
1 pound bacon cooked, drained, and broken into pieces
1 pound ground lean meat (turkey or beef or pork. I used turkey)
2 cans Butter Beans, drained (16 0z size)
1 can Kidney Beans, drained (15.5 oz size)
1 can Original Baked Beans, any brand, NOT drained (28 oz size)
1 medium white onion, grated
1 tsp dry mustard
1 Tbl Dijon mustard (or brown mustard)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 1/3 cup ketchup
1 to 1 1/3 cups brown sugar (If you're serving this as a main dish start with 1 cup of sugar and add more if needed. You don't want it to be too sweet. As a side dish, however, it's nice to add more sugar for a sweeter taste)
Okay, start by cooking your bacon in a dutch oven pan, or other pot.
While that's crackling, prepare the other items.
Here's another piece of honesty for you: I don't like onions. Yes, they add good flavor to the dish....but I I don't like to bite into a huge onion chunk in my food cause then I taste it the rest of the day. So, I choose to grate onions. AND I prefer wearing latex gloves so I don't smell it on my hands as well.
While the meat cooks, open the cans of beans, drain the Butter and Kidney beans but leave the Baked beans as they are. Finally, throw all the beans and other ingredients (mustards, ketchup, vinegar, sugar) in the pot with the meat mixture. Mix together and cook, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
If you don't have a dutch oven pan to bake it in, just pour it into a 9x13 baking dish.
They only taste better with Sweet Corn Bread on the side.
Thanks Delia for having me!
Dana, that looks delicious! That last picture, with that big chunk of bacon is soooo inviting. I just want to take a bite! :)
Thank you for being my guest today!