Sarasota's Spicy Garlic and Bacon Lima Beans

Total Time
25mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

I actually really like Lima Beans. But, I realize I'm probably in the minority. Salt, pepper and butter is all I need, but this is a great recipe for them. I try to get a few of my "picky" friends to try new vegetables now and then, and this is one of them they really liked. Just a few ingredients takes ordinary frozen vegetables and makes them a great side dish. NOTE: Some think that butter beans are the same as lima beans - and they are - well similar. Both are lima beans, but they are 2 separate varieties. The baby lima beans are the small green ones; whereas butter beans are actually Fordhook, and they are larger and buttery in color (hence the name butter beans), and they do have a stronger flavor. You can buy both frozen, canned, and dried; but difficult to find fresh. For this dish I use frozen. It makes it a quick easy dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bacon -- In a medium sauce pan, add the bacon and begin to saute on medium heat - don't try to rush it. After the bacon begins to crisp up, drain any excess drippings from the pan. I leave just enough drippings in the pan (1/2 teaspoon), to coat the onion and garlic.
  2. Onion and Garlic -- Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pan with the bacon and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Beans -- Finish it up. Add the broth, beans and butter and simmer uncovered (medium heat) for 5 minutes or less until the beans are warm and the broth is reduced. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Reviews

(2)
Most Helpful

This turned out so well. I can see myself preparing this for years to come.

Julius44 September 02, 2010

Used venison bacon, DH loved it. Thanks for the great dish.

yogiclarebear July 05, 2010

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