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Baked beans in a rich tomato sauce are a staple of any store cupboard. They are a reliable and go to choice to fill you up, give you a good hit of protein and fibre, and lift your mood on a dull day.
After all, who hasn’t got a fond childhood memory or two of being served beans of toast with lashing of butter on a cold winters night after school.
The baked bean toasted sandwich
But for an even easier way to enjoy the magic combination of beans, butter and toast then a baked bean toastie is the way to go.
Being a toastie it is also super easy to add a few more ingredients should you want to. Ingredients like cheese, bacon, mushrooms or even an egg.
But start with the basics and then you can add away to your hearts content later…and be sure to post your baked bean toastie adventures on social media using #toastieclub so we can all marvel in your masterpieces.
A great breakfast toasted sandwich
The baked bean toastie is a great breakfast choice as after a simple construction you can leave it in the toasted sandwich maker for a good ten minutes allowing you to get on with your morning routine.
For me, this time is spent getting the kids breakfasts done!
A baked bean toastie also pairs brilliantly with a cup of tea.
The key step to a successful baked bean toastie
The key step to making a great baked bean toastie is to press down the beans into the bread making a well. This was you can load them up in the sandwich to create two hot pockets of beanie loveliness to enjoy.
My first baked bean toastie
Many, many years ago when I was probably just ten years old I had my first taste of a baked bean toastie.
It was during the school holidays and it was Dad’s turn to look after me and one lunchtime he decided to dig out our trusted Breville from the back of the cupboard and experiment.
During this experimental hour one of the items he came up with was a baked bean toastie.
Now in all honesty I can’t remember what it taste like but what I do remember is my Dad playing around with different ingredients to try to make the perfect toastie and this was quite unusual for him.
For a start he didn’t cook much and more importantly he tended to always be by the book on things. So here he was experimenting and creating exciting new dishes….exciting to his ten year old son anyway….including baked bean toasties and it has been one of my favorite toasties every since.
Possibly because of the happy memories more so than the taste but who knows. It always amazes me how food can be such a catalyst to memory recall and the baked bean toastie is definitely one for me.
Baked Bean Toastie
- Toasted sandwich maker
- 2 Slices Thick white bread
- 1 Small Tin Baked Beans
- 15 g unsalted butter
- Butter one slice of bread and lay in the toasted sandwich maker butter side down
- Spoon beans into the bread pressing down to create a well in the bread
- fill with a good amount of beans – as many as you think you can get away with
- Butter the remaining top slice of bread
- Place the bread on top of the beans with the butter side up (for the crust)
- Close your toasted sandwich maker and leave for approximately ten minutes
Not a lot of equipment needed for this recipe. Just your toasted sandwich maker.
For me this is my trusty Tower 3-in-1 sandwich maker.
The best beans for a baked bean toastie
Now, here I could wax lyrical about having only the finest haricot beans in a rich and fresh tomato sauces etc etc.
Don’t get me wrong the above beans would be delicious but they would be wasted on this dish.
Just buy a tin of simple baked beans in tomato sauce. If you have a favorite brand e.g. Heinz, then get that but otherwise it really doesn’t matter.
How to serve a baked bean toastie
As this baked bean toastie was for my bean loving son I cut it into quarters and served with some grated cheese on the side.
However, for a morning twist leave it in quarters and served with a soft boiled egg. The toastie can then become your soldiers to dip into the egg…yum.
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How to make this without a toasted sandwich maker
If you only have panini/sandwich press or just a pan. No problem, this recipe for a baked bean toastie will still work just as well.
While I admit the key to a great baked bean toastie is creating the well of beans this doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed without it.
Just simply lay the beans out flat on the bread covering as much surface area as possible to maximize beanage (a word I just made up).
Just be careful when you have to flip the toastie in a frying pan that you don’t lose any beans out of the side.
Did you make a baked bean toastie?
If you had a go at this recipe then let us know how you got on below, especially if you added any extras to enhance this recipe.