Becky Luigart-Stayner
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 300°.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

AvidCook's Review

February 02, 2017
This is probably one of my most favorite recipes from this magazine - it is delicious, filling, homey yet classy, beautifully aromatic and unusual - all at the same time.

Aseleener's Review

November 19, 2010
We really liked this dish. I don't really like frozen lima beans, but I really liked this. It's obviously not the simplest recipe in the world, but the end result was worth the time and effort. I will be making these again.