Friday, April 9, 2010

Beanie Weenies

Now, most people that either don't read my blog, or read it occasionally... aka people at work or school, just think I eat high-end gourmet what not. But really, I eat normal things... pretty regularly. Maybe just the way I describe the things I eat make it sound more than it is, but to me, the way I describe food is different than how your average person describes food. Who can relate? I mean, food, to me, is a personal adventure. You never know where it will take you, and you definitely don't know how good something is unless you have the pleasure of placing it in your mouth. Am I right? You know I am.

Anyway, today's dish is pretty normal to the average American, Beanie Weenies. And I know, you're like, Beanie Weenies? Don't those things come in a can in the bean aisle? Yeah, but seriously, they're way better when you actually make them at home. You can have them as a side, or as a main dish like we did!

Adapted from There's A NEWF In My Soup's Blog

1 package Little Smokies cocktail sausages
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup stout beer (I used Murphy's Stout, similar to Guinness but in my opinion a little tastier)
1 can Bush's Baked Beans (Any flavor will do, I used Maple Cured Bacon because I like a sweeter bean)
Large handful of spinach
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet under medium heat and add sausages. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes or so. Set aside on a plate.

In same skillet, add olive oil and shallots. Cook until shallots begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add cumin and chili powder and mix well. Add vinegar, beer, and beans. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer.

Return sausages to pan and allow to simmer for at least 10 minutes to let all of the flavors blend together.

A couple minutes before serving, stir in the spinach and allow to wilt. Mix well and serve in bowls!

This was tasty. It was definitely just some good old comfort food. I know it wasn't fried chicken or mashed potatoes, but there's just something great about a good bowl of beans... to me anyway. And I was pretty excited because it was actually still daylight out when I had this done so I could take the picture outside! Enjoy!


  1. HA :D, I get the same questions and comments. And thruth be told, this looks like a very high end and gourmet plate of weenies :D

  2. well thank you Kat! You know... I could just have those beanie weenies straight out of the can! =)

  3. I love the idea of stout with beans. Have to try that!

  4. recipe sounds so new to me, have to try this :)

  5. Seriously, those two words just say it all: Beanie. Weenies.

    I think I'm in love.

  6. The stout and spinach is a great twist!



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