Baked beans is a dish containing beans, sometimes baked but, despite the name, usually stewed, in a sauce. Most commercial canned baked beans are made from haricot beans, also known as navy beans – a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris – in a sauce. In Ireland and the United Kingdom, a tomato and sugar sauce is most commonly used. In the United States there are multiple styles, Boston baked beans use a sauce prepared with molasses and salt pork, the popularity of which has led to the city being nicknamed "Beantown". Beans in a tomato and brown sugar, sugar or corn syrup sauce are a widely available type throughout the US. Maine and Quebec-style beans often use maple syrup. Canned baked beans are used as a convenience food, shortening cooking times for a meal, or may be eaten straight from the can, in camping or emergency settings as they are pre-cooked.
One of the great pleasures of life, in addition to catsup, anchovy pizza, dulce de leche ice cream and genoa salami, is that all-American dish, baked beans. I often dream of baked beans, especially my version. Fry four or five pieces of bacon and then wilt some chopped onion in the fat. In a baking dish open a couple of cans of drained pork and beans (and whatever happened to the pork nowadays?) Add onions, brown sugar, plenty of molasses, dry mustard, mild vinegar … more