If you owned a Vietnamese pho restaurant, what would you name it? Around here, we have “What the Pho?”, “Pho Shizzle,” and then there’s just straight-up “Pho King.” I guess if I opened a pho (pronounced “fuh”) place, I’d have a hard time resisting getting punny, too. Maybe I’d call mine “Pho the Love of All That is Good and Holy.”
Orrrr … yeah. Maybe I’ll just make vegetarian pho from scratch at home now and then, and that’ll be plenty good enough.
This is one of those posts that requires very few words. So I’m just going to get to it.
Every good baked beans recipe has both an element of heat and of sweet. This, my very favorite vegetarian baked beans recipe, has healthy doses of each. There’s no need for the salt pork or bacon found in many traditional baked beans recipes – these pack a huge punch of flavor just they way they are. (How Bridget-Jones-esque!)
The beans (I start with dried pinto beans) are first cooked simply – with onion, bay leaf and black peppercorns. Then the cooked beans are placed in the Crock Pot for some nice low-and-slow action, infusing every last bite with the rich sauce made with pure maple syrup and the spicy kick of everyone’s beloved Sriracha.