Our Randall Apple Bean Bake is one of our most popular recipes, and people are always asking how to put together this sweet and tangy treat. The addition of apples to baked beans might seem surprising to some, but it’s a New England classic. Tart, firm Granny Smith apples are the same kind you’d put in apple pie, which means they cut through the sweetness of molasses and sugar and provide a subtle sourness and a crunchy texture. Brown sugar and molasses take this dish straight to dessert nirvana, and the familiar pairing of apple and cinnamon drives the flavor home.
While our apple bean bake pairs well with any grilled meat, it’s especially delicious with pork. It can be a sassier, heartier version of pork chops and apple sauce or a great accompaniment to smoked sausages or bratwurst. No matter what you decide to pair it with, we’re positive it will become a mainstay of your dessert repertoire.