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Recipe for family meals :

Bean, Kidney and Pepper Bake

I like to spend some of my free time looking around second hand bookshops for old or out of print recipe books. A lot of the time you only find the same unpopular titles but, from time to time, you will find something special or something that just appeals because it is unusual or novel. A book that falls into the category of being unusual or novel is The Heinz Book of Baked Bean Recipes!

As someone who grew up loving baked beans this really appealed to me. Presumably as a book which was produced to promote Heinz Beans they will not mind me reproducing a few of the recipes for you to enjoy - especially the kids, old and young!

"There's no need to eat only bland dishes, when you 're on a diet. This Bean, Kidney and Pepper Bake from Heinz is full of flavour, but contains only 290 calories per portion. Serve with a crunchy salad, to complete the meal".


8 lambs' kidneys, skinned, cored and sliced
150m / 1/4 pint chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp oil
1 large red pepper, seeded and sliced
1 large green pepper, seeded and sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 x 450g / 15.9oz can Heinz Baked Beans
2 tomatoes, sliced
200ml / 1/3 pint natural yogurt
2 eggs
50g / 2oz cheese, grated

  • Put the sliced kidneys into a shallow pan with the chicken stock and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer gently, until the kidneys are just tender. Do not overcook them, as kidneys toughen easily.
  • Fry the onion gently in the oil for 3 - 4 minutes, preferably in a non-stick pan. Add the sliced red and green peppers and the garlic. Cover the pan and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the kidneys and mix with the peppers and onion. Stir in the baked beans. Spoon into a shallow, greased gratin dish. Arrange the sliced tomatoes on top.
  • Beat the yogurt with the eggs, season to taste and spoon evenly over the vegetables, beans and kidneys. Sprinkle with the grated cheese
  • Bake at 190° / 375°F / Gas Mark 5 for about 30 minutes, until the yogurt topping is golden and set. Serve piping hot.

Preparation takes about 25 minutes and cooking takes 45 minutes.

Buying guide :
Kidneys quickly lose both their flavour and goodness and should be bought as fresh as possible. Their freshness is easier to judge if the kidneys are bought still encased in their fat.

Serves 4

The Heinz Book of Baked Bean Recipes