This is a recipe that I found somewhere a long time ago and had wanted to make, but had never done so because it called for a tin of Ranch Style Beans, and that wasn't something you could get over here in the UK. There's plenty of beans in tomato sauce . . . a multitude of brands, but that's the only baked beans you find here. There are also lots of different types of tinned cooked beans, plain in water, but no such thing as Ranch Beans.
Not knowing what Ranch Style Beans are, always kept me from making it. But I found this recipe again the other day and I thought I would do a search on Ranch Style Beans and I found a copycat recipe for them. So I decided I would take the bull by the horns and make my own Ranch Style Beans and then I could make this delicious sounding casserole.
I was very pleased with the way it turned out. It was quite delicious and even had the household pasta hater going back for seconds! Having never tasted real tinned Ranch Style Beans, I can't vouch for it's authenticity.
I think I might even dare to say that this version using a home-made version of the beans is much tastier than any version using a tin of ready made beans.
It was hearty and filling and quite, quite delicious. I served it to several hungry missionaries (who were both American) and had no complaints either! I love it when that happens. ☺
*Three Brothers Casserole*Serves 6 to 8
salt and black pepper to taste