Moxie soda is a beloved New England soft drink first created in 1876 as a medicinal beverage. It’s flavored with gentian root, giving it a bitter flavor, with hints of cola, root beer, and Dr Pepper, which is what you should substitute if you can’t find Moxie where you live. It’s the secret ingredient in these beans, giving them a complex, sweet, and fruity flavor.
A hearty, comforting dish full of saucy, tomato-laden beans, salty cheese, and crisp bread crumbs.
Beans certainly hold up better in the industrial canning process than many other vegetable, but there are still many good reasons to cook your own.