Smoky Bacon Beans 2 ways

I got really excited when I was given some Pipers Farm oak smoked streaky to try, as it had the most seductively smoky aroma, the first thing I thought was smoky beans. So I used one and a half slices, they were very thick, cut into lardons.

The lardons were fried off in a little olive oil until crispy, I used my pressure cooker with the lid off. The lardons were set aside, and I slowly fried a sliced large onion in the smoky fat until softened and caramelised. Added a clove of finely chopped garlic, a diced carrot and a diced stick of celery.

A couple of handfuls of pre soaked cannelini beans were then added along with the smoky crispy bacon. A jar of passata, a teaspoon of mustard powder, 2 tbsp molasses, a tsp of smoked paprika and a good grind of black pepper were all stirred in. I cooked mine in my pressure cooker for around 20 minutes at maximum pressure, or you could cook in a casserole dish for a few hours in the oven, until the beans are soft and the sauce thick.

Season and serve with something from the BBQ, I served mine with some wonderful sticky BBQ chicken wings from Pipers farm, and some homemade slaw. This just goes to show how you can take a small amount of a great product and make the absolute most of it, without spending a huge amount of money.

Smoky Bacon Beans

I also did a Spanish version with Butterbeans, Smoked Bacon and chorizo which made for a wonderful lunch on some toasted ciabatta with an olive oil fried duck egg on top.

Smoky Spanish Beans with oozy duck egg

19 responses to this post.

  1. This looks so so delicious, now I’m craving bacon!

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  2. Have been meaning to make beans for an age – so much better than the tinned variety even without the bacon 😉 That egg on top looks perfect, eggs and beans for tea please.

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  3. Delish. May I say that your photography is looking rather stunning? V. arty and food porn-ish!

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  4. Posted by Simon Godfrey on May 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Chicken wings & bacon beans – looks wonderful. Will be trying that, with the beans cooked in a pot on the BBQ low & slow…

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    • That’ll be perfect and how I usually do them, sadly the weather was a bit extreme for even me to BBQ.
      Let me know how you get on with yours please.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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  5. Words fail. That bacon looks just wonderful. And the egg, too.

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  6. Oh I love bacon & beans, especially like the molasses & smoked paprika in there. And what a fab idea to do in a pressure cooker. Must get one.

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  7. Thanks Mad Dog. You out on the town again? I think the Spanish one was pretty simialr to the Fabada I did a while ago, so didn’t repeat it. Bet you get some awesome morcilla out there?
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  8. You’ve really gone to town – excellent!

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  9. Bacon makes everything taste good!
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  10. I. love. bacon. I don’t know what else to say other than… amazing.

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  11. Posted by jennypaws on May 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I SO wish I hadn’t forgotten my pressure cooker when we moved house. 😦 Left it in a cupboard with some other pans. ~slaps forehead~

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  12. Thank you Rosemary. Love duck eggs fried in olive oil.
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  13. That egg looks delicious!

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