Presidential Prairie Baked Beans

Presidential Prairie Baked Beans Recipe


Presidential Prairie Baked Beans

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Presidential Prairie Baked Beans
President Herbert Hoover was known for his food relief programs following World War II, long after he had left office. His efforts included educating that American public on food conservation to help with the war effort. Beans were a large part of the solution in feeding masses of hungry people. We can thank him for popularizing "Meatless Mondays" as part of a wartime effort to conserve.
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  • 1 pound navy beans
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 pound salt pork scored to the rind


  • Rinse beans and soak overnight in water to cover.
  • Drain and place beans in a large saucepan; cover with water
  • Add onions and simmer 1 hour or until tender.
  • Drain and pour into a 2-quart bean pot or casserole.
  • Combine molasses, brown sugar, salt and dry mustard.
  • Add boiling water; mix well.
  • Pour over beans.
  • Place salt pork on top.
  • Cover and bake at 300 for 5 hours, adding water if top seems dry.
  • Uncover and bake 1 more hour.
  • Serve hot.