Southern Baked Beans & Z’Tejas Cornbread

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Yum. I love homemade baked beans. This is a hearty main-course version that I discovered a few years ago through my friend, Allison. It is absolutely delicious. I served it along with some hot cornbread, which turned out to the be the best cornbread I have ever had. I got the recipe from my sister-in-law, Melanie’s, recipe blog – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. This dinner was perfect for a snowy day. If you like baked beans, you will definitely love this!

SOUTHERN BAKED BEANS
submitted by Erin

1 quart baked beans (1 large can or 2 16-oz cans)
1 16-oz can kidney beans, drained
1 16-oz can garbanzo beans, drained
½ lb bacon
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
½ c. brown sugar
2 Tb molasses
¼ c. ketchup
¼ c. barbeque sauce (This time I used Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy and it was great!)
¼ tsp chili powder
1 tsp mustard
2 Tb Worcestershire sauce
about 1 1/2 cups water

Brown beef, drain. Cook bacon, drain, and chop. Saute diced onion, bell pepper, and celery in same pan. Add remaining ingredients together in a large pot and heat thoroughly. Add water to your liking (as it heats up, it will thin a little). You may let it simmer, covered, on low for up to an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Or you can serve it after simmering for 10 minutes.

Z’TEJAS CORNBREAD
(It seems like all the other cornbread recipes I have tried have been either super oily, super sugary, super dry, or super bland. This one is just super! :) It’s moist, has a great texture, and tastes fabulous. I halved this and used a glass 8×8 pan.)

1 1/2 cup corn meal
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup creamed corn
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted

Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl, whisk yogurt, buttermilk, eggs and butter together. Add the creamed corn and frozen corn. Pour into a greased 9X13 pan or use a buttered cast iron skillet and fill the skillet 1/2 full (if using a skillet you will have leftover batter so go ahead and make some cornbread muffins or a smaller pan of bread). Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes (check with a toothpick that should come out clean).

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