Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thyme Infused Baked Beans with Chorizo & Twice Smoked Ham

I detest baked beans. Well at least, baked beans that come from a can. Yuk!  An even worse, canned spaghetti. Slimy, salty and detestable, i will not touch the stuff. And don't be fooled into thinking that this is just some food snobbery! I happily sit down to canned soups and even (gasp) canned Bolognese sauce (which i secretly adore shh!).

However, home made baked beans are a thing of fuzzy, comforting joy. Rich and satisfying, with smoky meats and perfectly tender beans, they are something everyone should make on a cold winter's day. This version is perhaps a little extravagant, but you could replace the meats with just ham or bacon and still have a delicious dinner.

Ingredients (Serve 3)

  • 1 cup dried harricot beans 
  • 2 short rashers bacon
  • 1 chorizo
  • 100gm gypsy ham
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp white wine
  • pepper to taste


Soak the dried beans overnight in water

Place in a pot with thyme, garlic and the sliced onion. Cover with water and bring to the boil

Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Drain and pick out the onion and thyme.

Cut the bacon and ham into strips and slice the chorizo into coins.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add the bacon.
Saute for 1 minute.

Add the chorizo and ham and saute for a further 2 minutes.

Add the white wine, beans and tomato paste and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Stir through the butter and parsley and season to taste with pepper.

Serve with crusty bread.


  1. Have you heard?It snowed in Auckland first time since 1939! And i made a nice black bean soep to warm me up.This recepie is atsty too;)

  2. Wow no i didn't know it had snowed! Mmm i love black beans, they're difficult to come by around me.



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