July 1st, 2014
July officially kicks off the start of National Baked Bean Month. Since baked beans are my absolute favorite summer side dish, I was excited when Pacific offered me the opportunity to work with their new line of organic baked beans.
Pacific offers two varieties of baked beans: pork and vegetarian. My family is all about the pork, so I reached for a box of their organic baked beans with pork. Each box is full of rich, flavorful slow-cooked baked beans.
With Fourth of July right around the corner, baked beans are perfect for cookout season. I wanted to do more than just create a side dish; I wanted to create a recipe that could be served as a meal. This recipe for Loaded Baked Potato & Baked Bean Casserole is hearty, filling, and rich.
In order to add big flavor to the potatoes, I cooked them in a little bacon fat and added onions, sweet peppers, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. I added the cooked potato mixture to a casserole dish and folded in crispy bacon and freshly grated cheddar cheese. The potatoes get a generous topping of baked beans and an additional handful of cheddar cheese before the casserole heads to oven.
The end result is a perfectly baked casserole with layers of flavor. You’ll love the way the crisp potatoes mingle with the saucy baked beans and gooey cheese. Serve this dish as a main or as a side dish at your next summer cookout.
Loaded Baked Potato & Baked Bean Casserole