American Sandwich Project – Baked Bean Sandwiches


Kristin Devine

Kristin is a geek, a libertarian, and a domestic goddess. She lives in a wildlife refuge in rural Washington state with too many children and way too many animals and works with women around the world as a fertility counselor. There's also a blog which most people would very much disapprove of

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  1. Avatar LeeEdq says:

    Beans suck. There, I said it. They are one of the few things that I can’t stand because of their mushy consistency.Report

  2. Avatar George Turner says:

    Hrm… I’m not sure how I would react to a bean sandwich.

    Could you use refried beans as if it was peanut butter?

    Speaking of refried beans, try making them with black eyed peas instead of the usual beans. The result is vastly tastier and I wish all Mexican restaurants would make the switch.Report

    • There actually is a refried bean sandwich – “Molletes” but I was running out of time and never had a chance to make it. At some point I’ll try them but I couldn’t fit them in this one, unfortunately.Report

  3. Avatar Aaron David says:

    I grade school, my mother accidentally mixed up me and my father’s sandwiches. Biting into that bean sandwich is one of the food actions that has caused me to be suspect of all consumables.


  4. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    Throughout my entire childhood and well into my 20s I pretty much avoided beans. My dad would serve canned baked beans and I thought they were gross. He would put beans in his chili and I thought it was gross. He would serve bean soup and I thought it was gross. When I was 28 I was at a cookout and they had some homemade baked beans that smelled delicious. I tried them for kicks and had a WTF moment. Suddenly i realized I liked beans. Now I can’t get enough of them. Lima beans, baked beans, bean soup, you name it. Luckily my daughter figured this out much earlier. She famously told me once that she had never met a bean she didn’t like. My latest favorites are Goya pigeon peas. I mix them with some longgrain rice and a protein and that is my lunch every day of the work week.

    Just wanted to get all of that out of the way as my way of saying, I was already intrigued when I started reading the post. I will also note that when I first started working in New England regularly I asked some locals what their favorite regional food was and they all said Boston baked beans. I thought they were messing with me. “That’s a side dish!” I exclaimed. “Not around here,” they replied.

    I have never tried the baked bean sandwich but will put it on my to-do list. Some nights I go full bachelor and just heat up a can of Bush’s beans, throw in some hot dogs and and shredded cheddar and dig in. I never ate Beanie Weanies as a child so I’m still catching up. My wife, not much of a bean-lover, is usually appalled.

    Thanks again for these posts Kristin. I love, love, love them.Report

    • I somehow missed this comment the first time through but that is very similar to my story. I never ate them growing up (other than refried beans) but as an adult I’ve realized I do really enjoy them. Thanks for reading – and I’m actually doing another sandwich article finally!Report

  5. Avatar Pinky says:

    This past weekend I heard about peanut butter and fruit wraps. It’s a PBJ but potentially lower in sugar, and the wrap makes it logistically feasible.Report

  6. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    Lasagna as a sandwich y/nReport

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