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Home-Style Butterbeans

Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 2 hrs, 10 mins
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
Tese Southern-style butterbeans are flavored wtih bacon, brown sugar. and onion and offer the convenience of frozen butterbeans.

Ingredients

  • 5 bacon slices, diced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 (16-oz.) package frozen butterbeans
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in butterbeans and butter until butter is melted and beans are thoroughly coated. Stir in 12 cups water.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beans are very tender and liquid is thickened and just below top of beans. Stir in salt and pepper.

  3. Home-Style Lima Beans: Substitute 1 (16-oz.) package frozen baby lima beans for butterbeans. Proceed with recipe as directed.