Linda lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Her recipes are simple, delicious, and Southern.
Authentic Southern Creamy Lima Beans
When I feel really indulgent or am preparing a holiday meal, I can't resist this decadent recipe.
This recipe uses Fordhook lima beans, which is the larger variety of what you may also know as a butter bean. I love the buttery taste of Fordhook lima beans, but I rarely have them unless it's a holiday. That's part of what makes this recipe a special treat.
The dish is really easy to make, but the flavor is so rich and buttery that you'll want to savor every bite. It is a perfect side dish for a holiday meal.
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4 to 6 servings
- 3 cups boiling water
- 4 cups fresh or frozen Fordhook lima beans
- 3/4 cup low-fat sour cream
- 1/2 stick butter or low-fat margerine
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
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- Add the lima beans to boiling water; then reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes (fresh beans may take a bit longer). Cook until beans are fork-tender.
- In a saucepan over low-to-medium heat, add sour cream and butter (or margarine). Stir frequently until completely melted and blended.
- Drain beans well in a colander. When completely drained, place the beans in a serving bowl.
- Pour sour cream and butter mixture over beans and mix well. Add salt and pepper (and optional red pepper flakes). Stir until well blended.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Thinking About Your Waistline?
This recipe for creamy lima beans has been adapted with the use of low-fat sour cream and low-fat butter or margarine. If you aren't concerned about your weight or fat intake, it can be made with regular sour cream and butter. Using the low-fat version is certainly healthier and does not compromise taste. Limas are packed full of protein and are a great source of fiber, too.
Where to Find Fordhook Lima Beans
- Grow your own! If you have a garden and a green thumb, you can plant your own Fordhook lima bean seeds.
- Order online: If you're impatient and can't wait until harvest time, you can do what I do and buy large lima beans in bulk.
More About Lima Beans
- Aunt Peggy’s Lima Beans - Paula Deen Magazine
The recipe for these easy lima beans came to Paula Deen from her Aunt Peggy.
- Lima Beans: Health Benefits, Nutrients per Serving, Preparation Information, and More - WebMD
Find out what nutrients are in lima beans and learn how they can help with everything from diabetes to cholesterol reduction.
- I "Hate" Lima Beans Wreath - Junky Joy
If you don't like the taste of lima beans, why not make a beautiful Christmas wreath with them?
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