Johnsonville recently challenged some of us to pick a favorite recipe and do a make-over utilizing one of their products. Although I have a family Calico Beans recipe I’ve been making for many years, I selected this one based not only on the number of reviews, but also the 4-1/2 star rating. No offense to the recipe author, but here’s how I changed her recipe. First, I substituted half of the ground beef with Johnsonville Mild Italian Ground Sausage which worked well. I cut the brown sugar back to 1/2 cup and next time would cut it back to 1/4 cup. We’re not big “sweet” eaters, so this is totally personal preference. I drained all cans of beans but reserved the liquid, and after combining everything, added some of the reserved liquid back to the pan, but not all. Finally, I used garlic salt instead of regular salt and baked for about 45 minutes. My family recipe calls for regular yellow mustard, but I will say that I liked the dry mustard MUCH better. Dee Dee, I’m sure your recipe is excellent because 173 people have tried it and given it high reviews. But this version turned out really well, too. Either way, I still LOVE Calico Beans.
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Johnsonville recently challenged some of us to pick a favorite recipe and do a make-over...