Many Pennsylvania Dutch dishes trace their origins to the 17th-century German immigrants who farmed the southeast part of the state. This bean bake, with its tangy-sweet sour cream sauce, is one of them.
1 pound dried baby lima beans
4 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 cup light sour cream (such as Daisy)
How to Make It
Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans; return to pan. Add 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Drain and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Wipe pan dry with paper towel. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Combine beans, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion mixture, broth, and next 4 ingredients (through mustard) in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Remove from oven; stir in sour cream. Serve immediately.
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This was wonderful and very easy! I didn't have Lima beans but had a 12 bean mix, so I used that. I used the seasoning packet and about 1/4 cup sugar free pancake syrup. I soaked the beans overnight, rinsed, and drained them, and then cooked the beans & onion in the crock pot on high for about 6-7 hours. Very, very good!
I used large butter beans because it's what I had on hand. I thought the recipe turned out great, but we like the taste of beans. I do agree that the sauce would be better with smaller beans. I omitted the salt while cooking the beans. Next time I might reduce the brown sugar by a tablespoon or so. Great to serve with spicy food to cut the heat.