Who says cooks don't need breaks....well certainly I do. Its Chinese New Year (Gong Hei Fat Choy) and the biggest holiday time here. Made some delectable stuff about which I will post later(please be patient!)
Its the 2009 Lunar New Year Cup soccer tournament and hub is having friends over so will have to make some (read 'a lot') snacks and drinks for everyone. And I am making my popular (by demand) Cheesy baked beans on Baguette with some Masala Cola.
Baked beans are a classic example of a "loss leader", a product sold by supermarkets for an abnormally low price, often less than cost. If you are in the US, you might ask where can I get Baked Beans. There are a number of places I know in the Seattle area, Cost Plus (various locations), English Pantry (Redmond), you can also ask the guys at the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub in North Seattle.
Baked beans are to be found everywhere and its a great way to sneak in proteins in vegetarian diets and kids who are picky eaters.
This is one appetizer I serve when I have surprise guests or large crowds to please. I have been making these for as long as I can remember. They were a hit when I made these for my friends when they were over at my place for "group-studying"...supposedly.
Its simple and is put together in just two minutes...no I am not exaggerating. My version is tasty, simple and extremely quick.
Cheesy Beans on Baguette
1 baguette (or any other crusty bread)
1 can baked beans (Heinz or any brand)
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
handful of black olives, sliced in halves
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
In a microwave safe bowl, pour the canned baked beans. Add salt, cayenne pepper, garlic, olive oil and mix well. Microwave for 40 seconds on high.
Meanwhile, slice up the baguette and toast the slices, in the middle rack of your oven for 30 seconds.
Place the baguette slices on the serving plate. Spoon out a tablespoon of the beans on it. Top with grated cheddar and olive slices. Heat for another 20 seconds or so.
Voila! Its done.
I send this over to the SuperBowl night at Cathy's place.
And to all fellow Indians out there--- A very happy and cherished Republic Day! Jai Hind!