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Mom's Pennsylvania Dutch Beans

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 10 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
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.

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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.

  3. 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.

Cook's Notes

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