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"Boston Baked Bean Gratin"

Style:   American
Serves:   2


  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 8-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • a pinch dried hot red pepper flakes
  • a 16-ounce can pink or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetables oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs


In a 7- to 8-inch flameproof skillet cook bacon over moderate heat until crisp and spoon off all but 1 tbs fat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened. Stir in tomatoes, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, beans, and salt to taste and simmer until liquid is thickened, about 5 minutes.