Boston Baked Bean Sandwiches

See the RecipeAndré Baranowski

Little known outside of Massachusetts, this dish is a by-product of that state's long tradition of Saturday night baked bean suppers. During the days afterward, leftover beans are mashed with sweet applesauce, spread on buttered brown bread, and covered with piccalilli (a vegetable relish), cold cuts, and sliced cheese to make a scrumptious snack. This recipe is based on one that appears in American Home Cooking by Nika Hazelton (Viking, 1980).