Aarti Sequeira’s Root Beer Baked Beans | Aarti Party | Food Network

Aarti’s baked beans start with bacon and end with sweet, tingly root beer!
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Root Beer Baked Beans
Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr 10 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive: 20 min
Cook: 45 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings


4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large white onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Two 12-ounce bottles root beer
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons molasses
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
Hefty pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon garam masala, store bought or homemade, recipe follows
Four 14-ounce cans cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Aarti’s Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:

3 large cinnamon sticks (if you have the kind you get at Indian stores, it’s about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon bark bits)
3 tablespoons whole cloves
1/4 cup green cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 2 tablespoons of seeds)
4 large black cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 1 tablespoon of seeds), optional


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Set a medium oven-safe pot over moderate heat and add bacon. Cook until most of the fat is rendered out and the bacon is crisp. Prepare a plate with paper towels, and using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pot to the plate. Set about a quarter of the bacon aside, for garnish.

Add the onions, garlic and ginger to the pot, and saute until soft and golden. Add the tomato paste and cook until the tomato paste deepens in color, about another minute.

Next add the root beer, cider vinegar, molasses, grainy mustard, red pepper flakes and garam masala. Stir to combine. Then add the beans and bacon, and gently stir so the beans don’t lose their shape. Taste for salt and pepper, then pop into the oven, uncovered, until the mixture thickens, about 30 minutes. Remove the beans from the oven, let it cool slightly, and sprinkle with reserved bacon and serve.

Aarti’s Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:
Yield: About 1/2 cup.

Combine the cinnamon sticks, cloves, green cardamom seeds, black cardamom seeds, if using into a spice grinder or coffee grinder and grind until fine. Store the spice mix in an airtight container away from direct sunlight.

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Aarti Sequeira’s Root Beer Baked Beans | Aarti Party | Food Network

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