Bean Surprise! The surprise is… um… that there are things besides beans in it? Or perhaps the surprise is that there are beans in it.
I promise they’re in there. Somewhere.
- 4 firm tomatoes
- 1 can Ann Page Beans in tomato sauce with pork
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- ½ green pepper, chopped
- 2 slices bacon, cut in half
- Cut a slice from top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp.
- Combine pulp, beans, onion and pepper. Fill tomatoes with mixture.
- Top with bacon. Place in shallow pan, add remaining filling.
- Bake in moderate oven, 375°F., about 30 minutes. 4 servings.
So I was reading that ingredient list. And I realized that while we have “baked beans” in the cupboard, I didn’t know what exactly “beans in tomato sauce with pork” was supposed to be. I went off to the grocery store and took a good long look through the canned beans section, and (finally) realized it’s just “pork and beans,” which are generally canned with tomato sauce. I guess that wasn’t a fancy enough name for our friend Ann Page.
A&P had its heyday well before I was making this, so we are using some other brand of pork and beans.
Buzz sliced tops off tomatoes and scooped out pulp.
And four tomatoes, even medium-small tomatoes, makes a whole lotta pulp. Once again: I swear there are beans in there somewhere.
We dutifully stuffed the tomatoes, poured tomato-bean stuff all around, and slapped some bacon on top. (Is it just me, or are retro recipes terrified of chopping up bacon to make it bite-size?)
Buzz dug right in. Can’t fault the man’s enthusiasm…
Despite this extremely unimpressed expression, he kept eating it and cleaned his plate.
The Verdict: Not bad. Very fresh and bright thanks to all the veggies.
Tasted fine. Tomato was kind of underdone. Think of very fresh salsa with no seasoning mixed with a can of beans. Pretty heavy on the onion, cut back if you want to try it yourself. And why the hell is this served in a tomato?