you won't even notice they're lima beans

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Kathie Carr
from North Liberty, IN

This recipe for Lima Beans is the only way many of my family members will eat limas.

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves 6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 4 Hr

Ingredients For you won't even notice they're lima beans

  • 1 lb
    dry baby lima beans
  • water for soaking
  • 6 c
    cold water
  • 1/2 lb
    hardwood-smoked bacon
  • 2
    onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
    molasses
  • 2 Tbsp
    maple syrup
  • 1 can
    tomato soup
  • dash of red pepper flakes, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 c
    bean liquid, reserved.

How To Make you won't even notice they're lima beans

  • 1
    In a large bowl, cover lima beans in water to 3 inches over the beans. Soak overnight. Drain. In large heavy pot, cover beans with 6 cups fresh, cold water. Heat to boiling, skim. Turn heat down and simmer 1 hour. Drain beans, reserving 2 cups of the cooking liquid.
  • 2
    Place beans in a large heavy pot, cover beans with 6 cups fresh, cold water. Heat to boiling. Skim. Turn heat down and simmer 1 hour. Drain beans, reserving 2 cups of the cooking liquid. In heavy skillet, cook bacon. Drain and reserve fat. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Add chopped onion to skillet with 1 Tbsp reserved bacon fat. Cook until soft, adding a little water as needed to soften/cook onions without browning them.
  • 3
    In large ovenproof crock, or cast-iron Dutch oven, combine beans, onion and bacon and add molasses, maple syrup, tomato soup, spices and 2 cups bean liquid. Bake for three hours at 300 degrees.

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