Baked Beans And Cheese Loaf Recipe
These measurements will serve six people.
I remember when I was growing up, we didn't have a lot of money, so my mother always seemed to be coming up with good ideas for making the simplest of foods into great meals.
I have tried over the years to copy her, and sometimes ideas come back to me. This recipe Baked Bean and Cheese Loaf is a variation of the one that my mother made. And it is so easy to bake.
This recipe is great for vegetarians as there is no meat source, or fat involved. The other great thing about it is the fact that you can eat it hot or cold. It's lovely eaten with a salad, but if you prefer hot food, like me, then you can pile up your plate with baked potatoes and loads of vegetables.
You will need:
1 x 227 g / 8 oz of packet of sage and onion stuffing mix.
225 ml /8 fl oz of boiling water.
1 x 450 g /15.9 oz can of baked beans
1 beaten egg
2 teaspoons of cream
75 g / 3 oz chopped nuts.
The topping you can vary according to taste, but tomato and grated cheese is the best.
1. Before you start cooking make sure you grease and line the base of a medium sized loaf tin.
2. Pour the stuffing mix into the boiling water, then add the baked beans, salt and pepper to taste, adding the beaten egg, cream and chopped nuts last.
3. Pour the mixture into the baking tray, taking care to smooth the top level.
4.Make sure you cover it with a piece of greased foil. Bake at 190 C /375 F gas mark 5 for 45 minutes.
5. After the 45 minutes, take it out of the oven, top it with the sliced tomato and cheese or which ever topping you prefer, and pop it back in the oven for about 8-10 minutes.
Follow up notes
If you wish to freeze it, make sure you leave it to cool for at least half and hour before you put it in the freezer. This will allow it to stabilize before freezing. Otherwise it might start to crumble or go mushy in the freezer.
You can vary this recipe by adding peas or any vegetables that you want to add. I always find adding a small drop of tomato sauce to the recipe adds to the taste.
Another good tip is to sprinkle some basil over the tomatoes before adding them to the top of the loaf. This gives a lovely tangy taste to the meal.
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