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Baked Fresh Shell Beans

From Lynne Wilson

Preheat oven to 300°F


4 cups beans (shelled)
¼ lb. salt pork
4 cups water
1 cup onion, coarsely chopped
⅓ cup molasses
⅓ cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. pepper
¼ cup ketchup


Put the shelled beans, salt pork (cut into 4 to 5 pieces), and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat. Do not drain.

Mix the remaining ingredients and stir them into the beans. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart casserole. Cover and bake at 300°F for 1½ hours. Remove the cover and continue to bake for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until some of the liquid has been absorbed.