British Bites

Classic British dishes updated for the modern American cook.

British Bites: Beans on Toast

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

As a late-night snack, a light supper or even a quick snack, beans on toast make an ideal comforting meal when what you need is something warm in your stomach. Another excellent reason to love this simple, hearty dish is that it is very gentle on the wallet. Even after making this filling dish, you should have enough money left to afford a pint or two at the pub.

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One of the big money savers comes from using a bag of dried beans; this also ensures that the beans have the right texture after several hours simmering away. Soaking the beans does mean you need to plan ahead, but between the room in your wallet and the final result you'll be glad you made the extra effort.

This yields a good amount of food, but personally, if I'm having beans for dinner I need a nice big helping. Even with a few big helpings for dinner you should still be able to have enough leftover to have a good fry up in the morning.

Although pork has not been a park of the British baked beans since rationing was in place during World War II, you can include a few slices of bacon to add some smokiness to the final product. But if you're used to the classic British bean, this version wont disappoint.

About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Somerville, Mass. Find more information at sydneyoland.com (or read eatingnosetotail.com)

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