Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, marks the start of vacation season in America. It's also the season when cooking and eating move outdoors. Grills are uncovered, picnic baskets come out of storage and the patio table is set for dining al fresco.
Whether you're grilling hot dogs and hamburgers or taking a bucket of chicken on a picnic, baked beans make a great side dish. Easy Stove Top Beans are a tasty alternative to cooking baked beans in the oven. The recipe definitely lives up to the name. The beans are easy to make, cooked on the stove top and done in half the time of traditional baked beans.
Although the ingredients are typical of most baked bean recipes, the cooking method is different to make up for the fact the beans aren't cooked in the oven. Instead of laying strips of raw bacon on top of the bean mixture before baking, this recipe starts with cooked bacon. You can cook the bacon on top of the stove or in the microwave, but be sure to save the bacon grease. When I cook bacon in the microwave, I use a specially designed tray called "Bacon Wave" that catches the bacon grease.
1/2 cup catsup
1 Tbsp. vinegar