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A Meaty, Low-Cost Side with a Long History of Matching Almost Anything
Baked beans have deep roots in the potluck circuit, since they pair well with many standard party foods, such as burgers and grilled chicken. Yet, even if the other offerings are a bit unexpected—meat kebabs, pork tenderloin, short ribs—a pot of beans will pull its weight, since its flavors are so mellow. Bonus: They're one of the most economical ways to feed many people.

Get the recipe: Deluxe Baked Beans with a Crumb Top