Sunday, February 15, 2015

Southern Style Lima Beans


Lima Beans are a common side dish in our household, but there's just one small catch. You see, my husband was raised in the Deep South and well... Let me just say this, lima beans (and any other pea/bean, for that matter) do NOT come from a can! EVER. That's just the way it is. Hey, we all have our preferences. Right? So what's a girl to do? A man wants what he wants, so I had to learn. Luckily, his mother was a wonderful cook, and before she passed, she taught me a thing or two about country cooking, and how to properly cook peas and beans, from scratch. Straight out of the field tastes the best, but frozen works too. Yes, they do take longer than they would if I just opened up a can, and heated them up - But, they really are worth the extra effort, and taste SO much better this way! 

 Printable Recipe 
Ingredients: 
  • 2 lbs Lima Beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 - 4 pieces of Bacon, chopped
  • 1 small or 1/2 large Yellow Onion, diced
  • Water
  • 2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Tony's (see picture) 

Method: 

In a large pot over medium heat, brown the bacon pieces first. When they're almost crisp, add in the diced onion, and continue to cook until it starts to carmalize. (Do not drain the bacon drippings. That is where a lot of the yumminess [Yes, that's a word.] comes from.)


Add in the lima beans, and cover them with water. Season with the chicken bouillon cubes, salt, pepper, and Tony's. Turn the heat up, and bring it to a rapid boil. Reduce the heat, but keep it boiling (adding water as necessary) until the lima beans are tender, usually about an hour. (Be sure to stir it every now and then, so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.)

Taste them, and add additional seasoning as necessary.


Serves 6.



Enjoy!



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20 comments:

  1. Yum Yum Yum - these look delish and you had me at bacon (: I love a big pot of any kind of beans!

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    1. Me too! You've just gotta have the bacon. ;)

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    1. You can never go wrong with bacon and onion...

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  3. Found your recipe on Simple Supper Tuesday and I just had to pin it to try. I LOVE limas and this just looks amazing!

    Debi @ That Crafty Lunch Lady

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  4. I have never (to my knowledge) eaten a lima bean! My little Northern butt has lived a sheltered life! LOL Thank you so much for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Monday Blog Hop. I really (and I do mean REALLY) look forward to what you share this week.

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    1. Thank you, Mindie. My Mother is driving in for a visit this week, so I will be taking a small break. But I will be there, with bells on, the following week. See you then. :o)

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  5. If your family likes lima beans, that's great. It's green, so it's healthy. My kids won't try it.
    Thank you for coming to the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party.
    Janice

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    1. Lima beans are such a common dish around here, that I never realized the aversion to them that exists in other areas. It's funny how tastes can vary so. I hope that maybe one day you'll be willing to try this recipe. Maybe cooking Limas this way would taste differently (and hopefully better) to you.

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  6. Just found your blog and love it! I am a southern girl and we do love Lima beans but we prefer the dried with ham hocks. I cook mine in the slow cooker and of course they have to have fried cornbread to make them complete!

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    1. Hello and Welcome Elizabeth! We do the dried lima beans with ham too. It's funny how the two types of limas can taste so different! :o)

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  7. I do love lima beans, and these look amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  8. My favorite aunt absolutely loved Lima beans! She called them butter beans, so we called her Aunt Butter Beans for the longest time. She was a Mississippi girl, and would highly approve of your recipe! :) Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/02/26/home-matters-linky-party-26/ :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. What a great story! :) And, thank you for the invitation. I'll head over right now. :o)

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  9. I'm liking how you added some bacon to these beans - it's a staple in southern cooking too! :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

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    1. That is so true. Bacon is essential to Southern cooking! I always enjoy the parties. Thank you for hosting.

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  10. My grandma used to make the best lima beans out of beans from her garden. (She called them butter beans. Is that the same thing?) I've got to try this recipe, for old times' sake!

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    1. Yes ma'am they are, depending on where you're from. Most people around here (Mississippi) call all lima beans butter beans. I am a transplant (from Florida), and I call the green ones lima beans, and the white or speckled ones butter beans. :o)

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  11. It's great to be able to keep the tradition of loved one's recipes! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week :)

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