Mom's Pennsylvania Dutch Beans

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
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.

Yield:

10 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 241
Caloriesfromfat 22 %
Fat 6 g
Satfat 3.9 g
Monofat 0.9 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 10.7 g
Carbohydrate 37 g
Fiber 8.5 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Iron 2.9 mg
Sodium 213 mg
Calcium 49 mg

Ingredients

1 pound dried baby lima beans
4 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
Cooking spray
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)

Preparation

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.

Note:

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Nancy Simm, Simsbury, Connecticut,

June 2007