Thursday, 27 September 2018

How to make Beanies - Recipe!

I can't remember the first time I ate a beanie but I remember eating them as a child. My dad used to get them from our local chip shop. 

A beanie is baked beans wrapped up inside sausage meat and then battered and deep fried!

For years I never had them but once when visiting Amble a seaside town near us I saw them on the menu and had to see if they tasted as good as I remember! They did and every time we went to Amble I would get a couple. One to have then and one to have for tea when I got home. A few years ago I tried to make my own but must have had the sausage meat too thick as it was raw inside once I thought it had cooked. Ugh.

text and a picture of a battered beanie and chips

I came across the packs of sausage meat on the Tesco grocery website and thought I would give them another go.

To make them all you need is sausage meat, a tin of baked beans and some basic batter mix. I just used flour, baking powder, water and milk whisked together.

I cut the sausage meat into strips, flattened it down and put the beans on.

a square of sausage meat with baked beans on top

I then wrapped the ends over the top and smooshed it into a patty type shape. Blocking all the splits and holes where the beans were trying to escape.

the sausage meat wrapped around the beans in a patty

I decided to pop them under the grill to cook them through a little. I have learned from my mistakes. hehehe

Once they had cooled I covered them in flour and the batter.

a bowl full of batter

The pan full of oil had been heating and was bubbling away. I deep fried the beanies and in a few minutes they were cooked and looked so good.

I made chips to go with them. Proper home made chips. They were such a treat.

the beanies and chips on a plate.

We of course covered it all in tomato ketchup and it was delicious. I would go as far to say better than the chip shop's.

I did make a test one earlier on in the day just to make sure they would work and were cooked all the way through. That made a lovely mid-morning snack! 

 I really think beanies are a north eastern thing. No one out of the area seems to have heard of them. 

Have you heard of them before? Have you tried one?

16 comments :

  1. No and no.I was definitely not aware of the existence of such things! You said "pan full of oil" so I'm assuming they were deep fried??? I think we may give these a try.
    Congratulations you have introduced the beanie to the south east of England!
    Tx

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  2. I've never heard of them but if I ever see any in a chip shop, I'll be trying them now!

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  3. Hmmm I'm not sure ! - I like the sound of them but it's quite a lot of work. Does it change the taste of the beans or are they the same as if you just did the beanies without beans (so probably a change of name there !!)and the beans on the side ?!

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    1. They didn't actually take that long to make. No longer than a normal meal.
      I think the beans taste the same but my teen said they were less beany because I had to drain some of the juice off so they weren't sloppy. x

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  4. I'm from the north east (Grimsby) but I have never heard of these!

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  5. I've never heard of them, but I'm southern through and through, so that's not surprising. They sound pretty amazing though, I might try them when they have a shoot date and I'm at home alone.

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  6. I have lived in North East my whole life and I have never heard of these. I spent my summers in Amble too as my grandparents had a caravan there for a few years. I will have to try these next time we are in Amble, I think my other half would like these x

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  7. Has anyone tried these with breadcrumbs. I'm going to try both ways tonight 😀 (I'm also from the North East) x

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  8. They look great, I love the chippy you chose in Amble (it's the far better of the two) and if your were anywhere near as good then well done to you

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  9. Beanies were popular in the late 70s early 80s, sold in chippies for around 25p and were made by a company in Washington, Tyne & Wear. I can't remember the company name but they went out of business in the late 80s. I quite often make my own and sometimes swap out the beans for mozzarella cheese.

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  10. yes seen and eaten from pontypridd south wales. they also did them with cheese, onion and mash as a filling

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  11. im going to try to make these as they are just like pea fritters

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  12. Thank you I loved a beanie!!!! Now I can try my own 🙏🏻👌🏻🤤

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  13. Hello Kim. My mum used to buy these in the late 80s and early 90s and I've been hankering for them ever since. I can't remember the brand or their name! They were round like a burger bun, crunchy and bloody delicious. Every so often, for years, I have a look for them and this is the first time ever to see them mentioned. I'm planning to visit Amble to eat a 'beanie,' which is a 200 mile trip in search of a memory. Thanks for the post and the only confirmation that these things ever existed! My brother and mum don't remember them at all.

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  14. Yes I loved these as a kid every Saturday lunch I'd have one with chips sat in front of TV watching on the ball. Use to get them from the chippy in Filey

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