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Country Lima Beans

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield

8 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

Humble ingredients were the cornerstone of Grandmother Shaw's cooking, and these modest components create a flavorful, satisfying dish. Oven cooking works well and makes preparation a snap. Serve as a side with roast beef, pork, or chicken; or you can even enjoy this as a main dish with a side salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried lima beans (about 1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Nutrition Information

  • calories 248
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 7.2 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 11.8 g
  • carbohydrate 35.4 g
  • fiber 11.2 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 404 mg
  • calcium 53 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours or overnight. Drain the beans. Return beans to pan; stir in salt and pepper.

  2. Preheat oven to 300°.

  3. Cook bacon slices in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; set bacon aside. Add onion and carrot to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes or until golden. Add onion mixture, bacon, 2 cups water, and butter to bean mixture in Dutch oven; stir well. Cover and bake at 300° for 2 1/2 hours or until beans are tender, stirring every hour.

Cook's Notes

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