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Simply Delicious Creamy Lima Beans

Linda lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Her recipes are simple, delicious, and Southern.

These lima beans are so easy to make . . .  but oh so big on taste!

These lima beans are so easy to make . . . but oh so big on taste!

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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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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Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. In a saucepan over low-to-medium heat, add sour cream and butter (or margarine). Stir frequently until completely melted and blended.
  3. Drain beans well in a colander. When completely drained, place the beans in a serving bowl.
  4. Pour sour cream and butter mixture over beans and mix well. Add salt and pepper (and optional red pepper flakes). Stir until well blended.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!
I love the buttery taste of Fordhook lima beans. This dish is perfect for holidays!

I love the buttery taste of Fordhook lima beans. This dish is perfect for holidays!

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

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