Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Apple Bean Bake

Those of you who follow my blog regularly have probably figured out by now that I am not a fruit lover. I can handle an occasional banana (unripe, of course) and I'll eat a strawberry or two when they're in season, but for the most part I find fruits too sweet. Therefore my mission lately has been to hide fruits in savory recipes in the same manner as those people who hide vegetables in recipes for those who aren't all that fond of veggies. And I'm getting better at it! Last week I ate two entire apples because they were hidden in this apple-bean bake. I realize that two apples isn't enough fruit for a full week's supply of fruit, but hey, it's a start.

A few notes before we start. You may ask why I fried the turkey bacon in olive oil. Turkey bacon gives off great smoky flavor but renders very little fat, so by frying the turkey bacon in olive oil, I not only acquired the smokey flavor I was going for, I was also able to use the leftover olive oil to saute the onions, apples and garlic. Smart cookie, I yam.

Apple Bean Bake

4 slices turkey bacon, diced
2 TBSP olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tart apples, peeled, diced (about 4 cups)
salt and pepper
dash of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP tomato paste
1-2 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce (I puree mine in the food processor)
1/4 cup brown sugar Splenda (or 1/2 cup regular brown sugar)
1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
2 (15 oz) cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed

In skillet, heat olive oil and add diced bacon. Fry until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon to a paper towel. Set aside.

To the skillet, add the onions, apples and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, cinnamon and oregano. Saute until onions and apples have softened, 7-8 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, brown sugar and worchestershire sauce. Combine well and saute for another minute or two and then add in the drained beans and reserved bacon. Save a tablespoon or so of the bacon for garnish, if desired.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour mixture into casserole dish. Place dish in preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.


June said...

Mmmm - puts a whole new lean on the musical fruit doesn't it. Looks great Mags!

stephchows said...

you are one smart cookie :) sounds delicious! But I don't know how you don't love fruit, I can't get enough of it :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Apples and beans sounds like a neat combination! A great bake!

Pam said...

Yep, you are one smart cookie. I love fruit and don't mind having it in all sort of ways.

Federica said...

mmmm..che buono!!! bravissima!

George Gaston said...

Mags, I have to confess when I saw your post on my "dashboard to read list" ~ I read it as "Apple Bean Bag" and I was like WHAT!

But now I is what you are baking. It sounds really good and a great way to use up a few apples I have. Like you, I don't eat much raw fruit... for me it is a texture thing.

Interesting recipe and worth a try, thanks...

Moogie said...

Wow Mags, what an interesting recipe. But what's up with the Splenda?

Susan said...

Man, that looks and sounds fabulous! Might have to give it a try.

Laurie said...

Apples, beans and bacon ... OH MY! :) Sounds great Mags!

The Strawberry Mallard said...

MMMM......this sounds really good~ Perfect for a cold winter day ~ thanks for sharing!!!
Hugs, Nancy & Angus

Velva said...

Very creative move with the turkey bacon. This looks like a really good recipe. I love fruit and can eat in almost anything.
Great recipe!!

msmeanie said...

I never thought about combining apples and beans. Sounds like a delicious combination!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm one of those fruit lover, veggie hiders you were talking about! I like the idea of adding the sweet apple to the beans.

Sweet and Savory said...

A whole new idea and one that sounds good. At first, I just looked and then I tried to picture the blend and it worked. You are one smart lady.

You are so smart that I am asking you to visit tomorrow when I plan to have my Cajun recipe posted plus a little surprise on that post. Come take the challenge. No lies requested. You did a fantastic job with those.

Jules and Ruby said...

What a great combo of flavors...YUM

Debbie said...

Oh that does sound good! Seems like the apples would give it a little sweetness, but not too much!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very interesting dish... I've never had beans and apples together, but I think it sounds like a wonderful combination!