Is there anything more comforting than beans on toast? Rich tomato sauce over soft beans smothered over freshly buttered toast. One of the simplest recipes that anyone can cook and a staple of many diets. But beans on toast can be more than processed sliced white bread with microwaved beans straight from the tin.
So with this in mind, we’ve got a couple of options for you; an amazing recipe for posh beans on toast and a couple of twists that can transform a humble tin into a gourmet experience.
Bread of Heaven
Choosing the right bread for your toast can make as big a difference to your beans, as any recipe. Think thick cut crusty loaves and sourdough breads crisply toasted on the outside and soft in the middle.
Using a sourdough contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the bean’s tomato sauce creating a super exciting palate combination. Treat your bread of choice to lashings of butter for added drool appeal!
Our Ultimate Baked Beans Recipe
Making your own baked beans is firstly simple, secondly cheap and thirdly spiced and blended to suit your own tastes perfectly. It also ends all the arguments about which brand is best…
We love this recipe from BBC Good Food.
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- ½ clove garlic, sliced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 x 400g tin pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Fry the onions and garlic in a little oil until soft, add the tomato, beans and a dash of water and cook for 10 minutes until almost dry.
- Add ½ tsp smoked paprika and a drizzle more olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve on a thick slice of sourdough toast and eat straight away.
Become King of the Tins
If you want to make a regular tin of beans something special, then why not try one of these culinary hacks. Guaranteed to liven up the most basic of baked bean nights in.
- Cheesy Beans
Cheese makes everything better, that’s a fact let’s be honest. Cheesy beans on toast adds the extra flair you need without straining your watch or your wallet. A strong smoky Austrian cheese with a dusting of paprika will pack a punch at meal times.
- Beans Italiano
Cook your beans in a tomato sauce, add chopped tomatoes, onion and basil into your beans. Finish by slicing buffalo mozzarella and layering on ciabatta toast before adding the Italian style beans. Bellissimo.
- Chorizo Beans
Healthy whilst being adventurous. Add a pinch of chilli flakes, baby tomatoes, spinach, red onion and diced chorizo to your beans. Mix all the ingredients apart from spinach, add this once your bean mix has been cooking for a minute and stir until slightly wilted. Perfect when served over flavoursome breads such as Ciabatta or Focaccia.
- Curried Beans
For spice and a burst of flavour, add finely chopped chilli, curry powder and a dash of Tabasco sauce to your beans, leave to simmer down and serve with a dollop of cool natural yogurt and a sprinkle of fresh Coriander to set those taste buds alight.
- Egg & Beans
For a simple enhancement to any beans on toast, add a perfectly poached or fried egg. Just like cheese, eggs always add that extra improvement and flavour. Serve with a scattering of spring onion over the top… yum!
Become King of the Tins
Of course, because we’re proud Sheffielders, our beans on toast would never be dished up without a good slosh of Henderson’s Relish. Made in Sheffield for over 100 years ‘Hendos’ is a savoury relish loved by some famous faces; Sean Bean, David Blunkett, Richard Hawley, & Peter Stringfellow to name a few.