Beans on toast are so omnipresent in all things UK that I figured there *had* to be something special about them. And they always say you *have* to make them with Heinz Baked Beanz (swear ta god, that's how it's spelled). So, when I was out for lunch at the faux UK pub in Burbank the other day (who have them on their menu as an entree, btw), I went next door to the minimarket that sells all things UK and found a can of the aforementioned Heinz, took them up to the counter, where the helpful clerk advised what kind of bread should be used (white), with "a bit of butter". Came back home and researched a little further online, where real UK foodies added their tips (shredded cheddar sprinkled on top and a little pepper added), and went to work.
Um, *really* underwhelmed. For one thing, all the English say that the Heinz Baked Beanz are so different from US baked beans that they simply must be used...I didn't think they were all that different. (Maybe a little more tomato saucy.) But the dish in its totality...meh. It'd do if I was starved, but suffice to say I'm not going to rush out to make them again.
Opinions? Did I do something wrong? Anyone else feel the same way? (I'm guessing that this is kind of a national extension of the phenomenon that makes Los Angelenos think that In'N'Out Burgers are manna from heaven.)