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For a quick meal, 1 pound hot dogs or Polish sausage may be placed on top of beans before baking.
6 slices bacon, dice 4 slices and reserve 2 for topping
1 large dry onion, diced
1/2 medium green pepper, diced
2 cans (31 ounces each) pork and beans in tomato sauce
2/3 cup catsup
1/3 cup maple syrup, sugar free or regular
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoonful crushed hot pepper (if desired)
Place diced bacon, onion and green pepper in ungreased 10- to 12-inch skillet; saute until bacon is almost crisp and vegetables are softened. Add beans, catsup, syrup, mustard and pepper flakes (if using). Stir once.
Pour mixture into an ungreasded, 2-quart baking dish. Arrange reserved bacon strips on top. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes, until beans are bubbly on top. Makes 6 servings.
Joan A. Tompkins