Monday, May 21, 2012

Baked Cattle Beans and a Giveaway!!!



I can't believe it's almost Memorial Day. The official start of summer!!! This is exciting for a number of reasons, mainly lots and lots of great cookouts to host and attend. I am also thrilled that my grandparents are coming to visit this weekend from Texas. I am always excited to see them and I have lots of great recipes planned for the weekend's festivities.

I will absolutely be bringing these baked beans along to every cookout this summer. Craig is constantly requesting baked beans, so I had to finally oblige. I used some gorgeous cattle beans, which are also called trout beans. Cattle beans are plump, red and white speckled beans. They are full flavored with a nutty aftertaste and hold their shape and texture for long cooking. If you can't find cattle (or trout) beans at your local grocery store, red kidney or great northern beans can be substituted.

I am a firm believer that dry beans make for the tastiest baked beans. Because you are cooking them at high temperature for a long time, dry beans hold their texture better and have a more intense flavor. Planning ahead is necessary, but it is totally worth the extra effort.

I sought to create a flavorful recipe that wouldn't be too heavy, soupy or sweet. The beans themselves are the centerpiece of this dish, combined with a bit of salty bacon, molasses and fresh sage for flavor. The result is an addictive, but light dish that will compliment any type of barbecue.


GIVEAWAY! 
In honor of the start of summer, I wanted to reward all my loyal and beautiful readers with a giveaway! I love reading your comments and emails and have gotten to know so many of you. As you all know, I am obsessed with my cast iron skillet and use it for everything. So it seemed like the perfect giveaway for my loyal Gen Y Foodie readers.

Cast iron skillets are versatile, easy to store, and lend themselves to many different types of recipes. My preferred brand, Lodge, manufactures their product in the USA and has a lifetime warranty!

Cast iron skillets are also a healthy cooking tool because they are a chemical free alternative to Teflon or non-stick pans, allow you to use less oil when you cook, and fortify your food with iron.

So I am giving away one Lodge 10-1/4" Cast Iron Skillet to one lucky reader.
THERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO ENTER: (all separate comments)
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you'd like to cook with this skillet.
  2. "Like" Gen Y Foodie on Facebook and leave me a comment saying you did so or letting me know if you already do.
  3. Follow Gen Y Foodie on Twitter and leave me a comment saying you did so or letting me know if you already do.
  4. Tweet about this giveaway by saying "I just entered @GenYFoodie's Giveaway http://bit.ly/JLKzqi" and leave a comment saying you did.
The giveaway ends at 5pm EST on Friday May 25th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday May 29th. 

Valid in the USA and Canada only. 

Read more for the full recipe: Baked Cattle Beans




Ingredients:
1 cup dry cattle beans (may substitute kidney or great northern), soaked
1/4 lb thick cut bacon, diced (approx. 4 strips)
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp tomato paste
1.5 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup of water
2 tbsp fresh sage, washed and chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Cook soaked beans according to directions. If beans have been soaking for 12+ hours, bring beans plus 3 cups of water to a boil and simmer on med-low heat for 30-45 minutes. Beans are cooked when, if you blow on them, the skin wrinkles.
3. In a cast iron skillet, saute onions and garlic in olive oil for 4-5 minutes
4. Add diced bacon and continue to saute on medium heat for another 5 minutes
5. Add cooked beans and water
6. Stir in tomato paste, molasses, and apple cider vinegar
7. Stir thoroughly to make sure everything is incorporated
8. Season with 1 tbsp sage, salt and pepper
9. Cover and transfer to the oven
10. Bake, covered for 40 minutes - checking at 20 to make sure there is enough liquid. If liquid is absorbed, add another 1/2 cup of water, stir and cover before returning to the oven.
11. Garnish with sage and serve!

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45 Comments:

At May 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM , Blogger amy beth marantino said...

i would make a pizza with this skillet.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM , Blogger amy beth marantino said...

i Follow Gen Y Foodie on Twitter

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM , Blogger amy beth marantino said...

i Tweeted about this giveaway

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM , Blogger erg2134 said...

I would love to cook cast-iron tofu with the skillet!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM , Blogger D B said...

What would I do with it if I won? Something pan roasted because I'm too nervous to put my other pans in the oven...Nice beans recipe, but my wife might have a problem with eating too much.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM , Blogger D B said...

I now follow you on facebook.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM , Blogger Alex said...

I would definitely make corn bread in this cast iron skillet!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM , OpenID gobakeyourself said...

These beans look delicious - a really saucy and tasty addition to a meal :)
And a wonderful giveaway too my friend!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM , Blogger The Three Little Piglets said...

I already follow you on twitter!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM , Blogger The Three Little Piglets said...

And I already follow you on Facebook!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM , Blogger The Three Little Piglets said...

And top of the list with any cast iron skillet is skillet corn bread!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

I would make focaccia. So good in cast iron :D

 
At May 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Oh my gosh these looks so good. I did not have luck the last time I did baked beans. My sis convinced me to use ham hocks and the smell in the house was horrid. Next time it's bacon all the way baby. Is this open to Canucks Dara? If it is I'd cook these beautiful beans in it.

 
At May 22, 2012 at 2:08 AM , Blogger Jenny said...

skillet cornbread!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Ooh yum, these baked beans sound really delicious! I always learn something new from your posts - I had never heard of cattle/ trout beans before. I'll be looking out for them. What a great giveaway; I have been wanting a cast iron skillet for awhile now. I would love to try making cornbread in a cast iron skillet, and a pineapple upside down cake! Thanks!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I also liked Gen Y Foodie on Facebook :)

 
At May 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

And I followed you on Twitter.

 
At May 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

And I tweeted about your giveaway :)

 
At May 22, 2012 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Dara Reppucci said...

Pineapple upside down cake? LOVE IT!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Dara Reppucci said...

Yes Kimmy! I double checked and I can ship it to Canada!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Dara Reppucci said...

Agreed! I love that I can stick this thing in the oven - and it's easy to clean.

 
At May 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM , Blogger Ariana said...

I would love to win!

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At May 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Lauren - Hippie Dog Company said...

I would LOVE to cook these beans and some cornbread in this skillet. I have ALWAYS wanted a cast iron pan. OHHHH!!! Country Fried Steak too!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Lauren - Hippie Dog Company said...

I subscribe via RSS feed

 
At May 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM , Blogger CJ - Food Stories said...

I love bean recipes and have never heard of cattle beans. Gotta check these out :-)

 
At May 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger SkinnySimpleRecipes said...

I now follow you on tweeter and facebook.
I also tweet about this giveaway.
When I saw your skillet I saw a nice Spanish Paella cooking away in my oven. The yellow safron rice and the colors from peppers and seafood would look so nice in this black skillet.

 
At May 22, 2012 at 1:22 PM , Blogger CJ - Food Stories said...

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At May 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Jenn Kendall said...

this sounds like a fabulous recipe - love the molasses and apple cider vinegar in here!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Katrina said...

I always love corn bread in a cast iron skillet...yum!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

 
At May 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM , Blogger capecodchicky said...

I would make a baked apple pancake...they are heaven for a Sunday morning breakfast!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Sara said...

I would make my grandmother's fried corn bread - a favorite from my childhood!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Sara said...

I follow you on Facebook

 
At May 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM , Blogger Sara said...

I follow you on Twitter

 
At May 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

I would love to make some yummy tofu dishes with this!

 
At May 23, 2012 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Eric Pepple said...

I'd Like to cook one of your breakfast pizza's in this pan! I love using cast iron skillets :)

Eric @ Happy Valley Chow

http://happyvalleychow.blogspot.com

 
At May 23, 2012 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Eric Pepple said...

And I just tweeted!...I still don't like saying that :)

 
At May 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Taylor Renee said...

I would fix skillet corn bread!

 
At May 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Taylor Renee said...

And I follow you on twitter :)

 
At May 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Jenne said...

I would make corn bread in it :)

 
At May 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM , Blogger Jenne said...

I liked you on Facebook via Jenne Kopalek

 
At May 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM , Blogger Jenne said...

I follow you on Twitter via @MooshuJenne

 
At May 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Jenne said...

I tweeted about the giveaway via @MooshuJenne

 
At May 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM , Blogger Manda said...

I would cook fried potatoes!

shankyouverymuch11@yahoo.com

 
At May 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Manda said...

I follow you on twitter!

shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

 
At May 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Manda said...

I tweeted!

shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

 

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