Now think of the colors of autumn...yellow, orange, red, and brown, right?
A famous saying around food people is, "You eat with your eyes." And it's true! Nothing says delicious fall flavors like the golden crust on an apple pie or the savory orange of roasted sweet potatoes.
This recipe I'm sharing today captures all of that and more. You get to use all of your senses with this one!
Apple Bean Bake
This is a recipe for your slow-cooker, and serves a crowd.
1/2 cup butter
3 large apples, chopped into 1/2" pieces (I used Gala and Granny Smith)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon salt
3 (15.5 oz) cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
3 (15.5 oz) cans Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
ham or bacon (cooked and diced), optional
Melt the butter in a large skillet, then add the apples and cook until they're tender, about 10-15 minutes.
Add the brown sugar and white sugar and stir until the sugars are dissolved, just a few more minutes. Then stir in the ketchup, cinnamon, molasses and salt. (Doesn't it smell wonderful?)
Mix this concoction with the beans in a large bowl and stir well. Add the optional ham or bacon now.
Put it all in your slow cooker and cover. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
This dish was perfect for our carry-in dinner at church! I put the ingredients together in the morning, and then let it cook away in the church kitchen until noon.
And it was so good! Just the right blend of sweet and savory flavors :)
Our autumn is slipping away in summer-like days! Over the weekend we had temperatures in the high-60's and low-70's and beautiful summery weather. Hubby and I have both been fighting our way back to health from the bug we caught last month, so on Saturday afternoon we stuck our weary bodies in the car and headed to Wyoming for a big dose of open spaces and clean air.
We enjoyed the afternoon's drive so much that I forgot to take pictures!!! But I'll share some photos from a few Novembers ago. Gone are the golden aspen leaves we enjoyed in October, but look at what remains! A feast for our souls. :)
What fills your tank?