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Anyone have a good recipe for fresh lima (butter) beans?

Asked by marinelife (61712points) September 24th, 2012

I got some fresh lima beans. I have never had to cook them. Anyone have a tried-and-true recipe?

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Skaggfacemutt's avatar

I like them just crock-potted with some ham and ham broth.

wonderingwhy's avatar

about a pound of shelled lima beans
2 strips bacon, chopped
½ pint heavy cream
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 tb butter

boil beans till tender, not mushy (about 40 minutes)
rinse beans in cold water, shake and set aside
fry bacon in pan until golden
add beans, cream, salt, and pepper to pan
heat to just simmering, don’t boil, cook 5 minutes
add butter stir to melt and serve hot.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I sometimes substitute hominy for the corn.

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t particularly like them on their own but I use them to thicken spaghetti sauce and they provide protein without meat. I also smash them with a fork and use them to thicken broth instead of flour, makes nice gravy without the white carbs. I always have a bag of them in the freezer.

marinelife's avatar

They were delicious.

I love your idea of using them as a thickener @rooeytoo.

Kardamom's avatar

I love Greek or Italian Butter Beans with Tomato Sauce

This recipe for Butter Bean Curry sounds fantastic!

Or this mouthwatering recipe for Pasta with Butterbean, Garlic and Sage Sauce (this recipe calls for dried beans, but you can disregard the cooking process and use your fresh beans)

Or this main dish salad Orzo and Bean Salad (this recipe calls for fava beans, but you can easily sub butter beans).

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