It’s January. It’s cold. And long. And I want my food to resemble a hug for my stomach. The solution? This.
So give me a hearty helping of haricot beans, swimming in a rich tomato sauce of utter delightfulness. I’d like them stuffed to the brim inside a tender sweet jacket that oozes with salty, melting butter. Then, because no such dish is complete with out it, some tangy cheese generously grated with love on top. And hey, because I like to see some colour on my plate – why not throw a zesty salad with just the right amount of crunch to make each bite even more perfect than the last.
Alright, I think that is pretty needless to say that this ticks all the right boxes when it comes to satisfying my every comfort food craving – and I’d put my money on the fact that I am not the only one who is partial to a strong baked bean jacket too.
I’d definitely recommend making a lot of the beans, so that you can keep them rotating over the next few days. They are just as lovely reheated with rice, toast or your Saturday morning brunch (and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t just eat them cold with a spoon, reminiscent of the humble cold baked beans from a tin snack we all know and love so damn much). Don’t like sweet potatoes that much? Just switch ’em for white. I tried them with both and they’re both just great. I hope you enjoy!
What you need:
- 1 tin haricot beans
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 good tbsp tomato puree
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- dash paprika
- 4 sweet potatoes
- salted butter
- Hard cheese of choice
- green salad, to serve
What you need to do:
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees, prick the potatoes with a fork and bake for 1 hour until tender.
- Fry the onion and garlic until tender in oil. Add in the herbs, salt and pepper and tinned tomatoes and puree. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add in the beans 5 minutes before serving.
- Slice open the potatoes, slather with butter and add a generous helping of the beans with grated cheese to follow.
- Serve with salad. Best enjoyed with good company and whatever Netflix show is on your current binge list.