Amuse Bouche: What’s So Bostonian About Those Baked Beans Anyway?

We’re glad that Slashfood is better than we are at keeping up with National Food Months. How else would we have ever known that April belongs to grilled cheese sandwiches or that May is devoted to hamburgers? July, as it turns out, is National Baked Bean Month. O! The festivities! Navy beans will frolic! Molasses will run in the streets! Okay. Maybe not so much. We do, however, think that in this time of celebration, it is appropriate to look at the city’s most iconic dish (sorry, cream pie).

Baked beans of the canned variety are a dish enjoyed the world over, and why shouldn’t they be? They’re readily available, tasty as all get out, and not too terribly unhealthy. As reporting from our brother blog attests, baked beans are plenty popular in the United Kingdom, where the gorgeously foppish Hugh Grant recently threw a can at paparazzi, and in Chicago. So why are they Boston baked beans and not named for, say, London or Leeds? In fact, Boston baked beans have been referred to in print since at least the 1850s. Many speculate that the lovely legumes were named for our fair city because Boston-area Puritans regularly made the molasses-heavy dish for Sabbath dinner. Now you know!

July Is National Baked Bean Month [Slashfood]
Hugh Grant Baked My Beans And All I Got Was This Lousy Roundup [MP: Chicago]

[Photo: Captain Beany]

Amuse Bouche: What’s So Bostonian About Those Baked Beans Anyway?