Everything You Need To Know About Cooking With Canned Pork and Beans
This dynamic duo in a can isn't just for breakfast.
Not everyone likes a can of pork and beans. This meat-and-bean combo is a staple in many kitchens but few know more to do with it than opening the can,¬†dumping it into a bowl, and serving it with toasted bread. There have to be¬†more ways to use this can, right?
You're right. There are, but you need to be willing to substitute ingredients to use this versatile can in your recipes.¬†
Here are ideas on how you can use that can of pork and beans to make your dishes better:¬†
1 Add a touch of sweetness to your dish.¬†
The¬†sauce of the pork and beans, unlike that we have here is quite unique. It's sweet, savory, and no tang at all. It tastes¬†nothing¬†like a tomato sauce should, and that's what makes it a great seasoning ingredient. It's a slightly thickened sauce, too, which is why it can be piled onto your toast without making your bread soggy too quickly. You can¬†use this as an ingredient to dishes where sugar is added to the tomato sauce base.¬†
Worried the beans aren't a match for your dish? Scoop up some of that sauce and add it to the dish¬†and save the rest for your breakfast the next morning.¬†¬†¬†
2¬†Make stews even¬†heartier.¬†
Pork and beans don't have to be the main ingredient in your dish but it an make your dish heartier and more flavorful. Give your dishes a savory-sweet¬†taste while beefing up¬†your stew! These are particularly great when making a¬†tomato-based stew since the pork and bean can¬†naturally blend in well¬†with the rest of the dish.¬†
In fact, did you know that some afritada recipes use pork and beans in its recipe?¬† ¬† ¬†
3¬†Mash it and¬†mix it in.¬†
Potatoes aren't the only ingredients you can mash. Beans are a great substitute for mashed potatoes because it results in a mixture that's just as creamy and luscious as well-made mashed potatoes. If you are ever short on potatoes for your recipe that needs mashed potato, try mashing pork and beans and using that¬†mixture into the potatoes. ¬†¬† ¬†
4 Just add bacon.
One of your concerns when¬†opening a can of pork and beans is probably the lack of meat.¬†Did you know that¬†the pork is really just for flavoring and it's not really¬†meant to be meaty at all? Smoked and dried pork is super flavorful. Think bacon, jamon,¬†proscuitto, and guanciale. That's why there's only a chunk of pork or two in¬†your can!¬†
If you're¬†dismayed with the lack of meat, do as the British do with their full English breakfast plate.¬†Fry some bacon and eggs, char some tomatoes, toast some slices, and add that to your pork and beans portion of your breakfast plate.¬†¬†
5 Make a hearty tomato fried rice.
There's a dish in Cuba called black beans and rice and it's a¬†flavorful and interesting rice dish. It's a more complex recipe that you would think! There are bell peppers, black beans or¬†tausi,¬†and rice. This is made aromatic and flavorful with the oregano, ground cumin, and other herbs and spices¬†mixed in. Vinegar is the surprise ingredient in this dish but you can add a touch of sweetness¬†to this¬†dish¬†with a can of pork and beans to temper that¬†sourness.¬†¬†
You won't ever taste a¬†fried rice recipe like this until you make this!¬†¬†
There are many other ways you can make pork and beans an ingredient in your recipe. You can add it to a¬†chili con carne recipe, tweak the¬†can to make it into barbecue beans that's perfect served with some ribs, or use it¬†as a great¬†substitute for the beans in your homemade burrito.¬†