The term ‚redneck’ means poor, American farmer usually from the South (Georgia, Florida, Alabama). It was used as a derogatory term like hillbilly. Nowadays it become more popular and less discriminating. Southern natives have proudly embraced this term as a self-identifier to differ themselves from other American locals, especially one from the North (see – yankee).
Corn, bacon and beans were traditional, staple food items for British colonists and later on – American cowboys. It was then, when corn was introduced to Europe, somewhere at the end of 16th century.
And until now, Americans, are proudly the biggest maize producer in the world.
It became almost symbolic, a part of their historical heritage, a tradition.
That is why baked beans are a very important side dish during BBQ’s, another Americans’ favorite past time activity.
Below I show You, one of the recipes I worked out myself with help of American cookbook.
-1 big onion,
-6 slices of bacon,
-200g of tomatoe paste,
-100g of canned beans,
-100g of canned sweet corn,
-2 pinches of brown sugar,
-2 pinches of mixed herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
-2 pinches of caraway-seeds,
-1 pinch of sea salt,
-1 pinch of hot pepper,
-1 pinch of sweet paprika
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C, about 20 min before cooking. Cut onion roughly in quite, big pieces. In a heavy frying pan, put some oil (Coconut oil works for me and is healthier), then add chopped onion. Add sugar and salt. Stir and fry on a low heat just for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat. Cut bacon slices in square-shaped, little pieces. Once again, heat up the frying pan with onion and add pieces of bacon. At this point, add rest of the herbs and spices. Stir in gently and fry on a low heat for 5 minutes. Pour in tomato paste, aim for 200g which is perfect for 1-2 person. Strain beans and sweet corn from water and juices, and add to the mixture. Remember – 100g of beans, 100g of corn. At this point you stop turn of the heat, stop frying and now is time for cooking in the oven. Put the frying pan inside the oven, be careful. It is unnecessary to cover with lid. Cook for about 7-8 minutes. When time has come, turn of the heat, put on some oven gloves and carefully bring out the frying pan. You want it cool down a bit. Wait for about 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite bread and beverage. Bon appetit! Stan