TEAM BEANS WITH SANDWICHES
DEAR MELBA: I would like to share with you my recipe for Bootlegger Beans. I've seen other recipes for Bootlegger Beans, but this one is different. I serve them with sandwiches.
DAVE'S BOOTLEGGER BEANS
2 slices thick-sliced bacon, diced
1/3 cup onions, chopped
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 can (14 ounces) pork and beans, drained
• Over medium heat, in large skillet, fry bacon until about half done. Add chopped onions and cook until slightly browned.
• Pour off most of the grease and return bacon mixture to heat. Add barbecue sauce and pork and beans.
• Stir well. Cover and let simmer 30 to 40 minutes.
— DAVE FARRINGTON, Midwest City
Why are they called Bootlegger Beans? I see no mention of moonshine.
DEAR MELBA: I hope someone will share a pattern for a crocheted hat for newborn babies. Employees at the hospitals put one on every newborn baby to keep their heads warm, and I would love to make some to donate.
— BERNITA BRUEMMER, Oklahoma City
DEAR READERS: While going through some old files, I discovered a request for Butterscotch Pie that had never been published. If you have a good recipe you want to share, please do so.
In the meantime, I decided to look through The Oklahoman's archives. And I discovered the following from a column written by Aunt Susan in 1934. Beware, this was before prepackaged mixes. It is a "from scratch" recipe, which is actually what the request specified. Someone will surely have an easier one to make.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
11/2 cups milk
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
11/2 cups cold milk
3 egg yolks, reserve whites
1 baked pie shell
• In large heavy skillet, combine granulated sugar, butter and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown, being careful not to let it scorch.
• In medium saucepan, scald 11/2-cups milk. Add to skillet, stirring until all sugar is dissolved.
• In small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Slowly add 11/2-cups cold milk, stirring until smooth. Add to caramel mixture and cook 20 more minutes or until thick.
• In another small bowl, beat egg yolks until thick; gradually add some of hot mixture to yolks. When well mixed, stir into caramel mixture and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Cool before spreading in baked piecrust.
3 egg whites
5 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
• Heat oven to 300 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff. Mix sugars and beat into egg whites continuing to beat until very stiff. Add vanilla, mixing well. Cover pie with Meringue and bake 20 minutes.
— AUNT SUSAN BY WAY OF MELBA
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