Sunday, June 15, 2014

Orange Marmalade Baked Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage

Here's the thing about beans folks, while they're creamy, tasty, affordable and just about perfect... they'll never be the Marilyn Monroe of the foodie world:@) But, these Orange Marmalade Baked Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage sure are good! And offer quite a few options, prefer kielbasa? Sounds great! Want them spicier? Add chipotle powder or some hot sauce. Don't have bell pepper? Use whatever you have on hand. You get the idea. One thing you don't want to change though, is the orange marmalade, it's very nice. The idea was to use it instead of brown sugar or molasses and it adds such a nice little surprise bite of orange every once in a while. I'll be making these again!
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Not only are the ingredients versatile, you can cook them in the oven or on the grill (note my cast iron skillet). I'm sure they'd be fine in a crock pot too, but haven't tried it. The recipe below will fit into an 8" skillet or 1 1/4 qt baking dish. I started with canned baked beans and like to pour off any liquid that willingly comes out of the can when I open it. I just hold the lid down over the beans and let them drain for a bit, anything left in the can goes into the baking dish.
Got leftovers? I wrapped some in a tortilla and topped it with a very liberal sprinkling of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce, that was a very nice treat-both the meal and the hot sauce:@)

Orange Marmalade Baked Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage
2 (15oz) cans baked beans, lightly drained
1/4 C marmalade
1/4 C ketchup
1 tsp prepared yellow mustard-I'm sure any type will be fine
1 tsp chili powder-I used 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
2 tsp dried minced onion
green pepper, either 1/4th of a bell pepper, one small jalapeno or half of a poblano
Slightest, barely a sprinkle of cinnamon, maybe 1/16th of a tsp...
3.5 oz Smoked Turkey Sausage cut into 1/2" pieces-or any other sausage
Note: Turkey Sausage was a New Food To Me so I wanted to try it, and I like it:@) It comes in a 7oz package and I only used half a pack, if you love sausage ~you know your crowd~ or plan on this being a main dish instead of a side dish go ahead and add the whole package. Just use a bigger baking dish.
  • Mix everything well and pour into baking dish, cast iron skillet or vessel of a crock pot.
  • Oven: Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for about one hour but it shouldn't take longer than 1 1/2 hours. Just until it thickens up nicely.
  • Grill: Bake over indirect heat on covered grill for about 30-45 minutes, checking to make sure it's not cooking too quickly and the bottom is not getting too brown, stir every once in a while.
  • Crock Pot: I'm guessing cooking it on low for 3-4 hours would be fine, you might want to take the lid off for the last hour so the sauce can thicken up. I'm just guessing here folks... 
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

My New Foods List:
(If my sons happen to read this... relax! I still promise fairly "normal" Sunday dinners...)
hominy ~ artichokes ~ fish sauce (I'm scared) ~ almond paste ~ oyster sauce (scared again) ~ gorgonzola ~ dates ~ brisket ~ parsnips ~ adobo ~ meringue powder ~ fennel ~ goat cheese (I'm told to be scared) ~ souffle ~ red velvet anything ~ curry ~ capers ~ chow chow ~ pot stickers ~pho ~ ponzu sauce ~ fondant ~ fire roasted tomatoes ~ Gruyere ~ Quinoa ~ Tetrazzini any kind ~ Divinity ~ Meyer lemon ~ lemon curd ~ leeks ~ shallots ~turkey tenderloin and Chipotle Powder ~ Smoked Turkey Sausage:@)

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  1. You must have read my mind Lynn. I've been craving baked beans all weekend.

  2. you had me laughing at the marilyn monroe comment!

  3. I love Baked Bean recipes, they are my favorite! I have never tried them with Marmalade before, these sound delicious!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Well, you sure are able to take good Marilyn Monroe pics of your baked beans. Every time you make some, I want to try the recipe! This marmalade twist sounds like a good flavor. This would be a complete meal with the sausage. How does this compare to the Vegan beans, which were so great?!

  5. Oh, shoot, I should have made baked beans for Father's Day!!! These look perfect!

  6. Oh I love the addition of orange marmalade Lynn along with the turkey sausage! Wrapping up some in a tortilla sounds like a tasty little package of flavor for lunch too :)

  7. You had me at Orange Marmalade~looks divine, I must try this soon, great cookout food! Pinned!

  8. Love the idea of orange marmalade in the beans. What a delicious flavor it must add. I use turkey Italian sausage in my breakfast strata on Christmas morning. It tastes great! Nothing like beans & sausage :)

  9. Oh, what a wonderful combination Lynn. I could make a meal of this!

  10. I love baked beans with a passion and have never even thought of using orange marmalade in them....can't wait to try.

  11. I sometimes slather orange marmalade over my pork chops as they are baking, Lynn, and I think adding it to beans like this will make them taste divine!

  12. Couldn't resist popping into your blog after reading the name of it on Pat's blog. Made me smile and your food posts are interesting.

  13. Baked beans are one of my favorite foods! I'll be trying these very soon ... they're like a grown-up version of beans and franks!!

  14. When I show up with these at the 4th of July picnic, I'm thinking they will be a big hit!

  15. Hi Lynne,
    Your Orange Marmalade Baked Beans with Sausage will just be perfect for a 4th of July picnic table, these look amazing! Your place at our table is very special and thanks so much for sharing your wonderful food with all of us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Congratulations!
    Your awesome recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week! Enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  17. I'm getting caught up on blog reading....If you haven't tried red velvet yet, Oreo has some cookies out.


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