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    Southern Lima Beans With Rice

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    southern chef in louisiana's Note:

    I was born and raised in the south, and we eat a lot of beans. Here is a easy and basic lima bean recipe. We've been doing it this way for years. You can use ham hocks, hambones, smoked bacon or smoked sausage for the pork flavor in this dish. Also fresh, frozen or even canned beans can be used--they just won't have to cook as long.

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    1. 1
      I know the bag says to soak the beans overnight, but you really don't have to.
    2. 2
      Wash the beans, and then put them in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes, then turn off the heat, cover and let it sit for 1 hour.
    3. 3
      After the beans have sat, drain the water and sit the beans to the side.
    4. 4
      Add the oil to the pot and sauté the ham hocks and onions together, until onion is clear and tender, add garlic and sauté about 2 minutes more. Add the beans and cover with water.
    5. 5
      Add pepper and salt--only about 1 teaspoon of salt at first.
    6. 6
      Bring to a boil; stir, reduce heat and cover and simmer for about 2 hours.
    7. 7
      Keep checking the water level and stirring every once in a while. Add more water if needed, but not too much.
    8. 8
      Just enough to keep about 1 inch of water above the beans as they cook.
    9. 9
      Cook until beans are tender, adding more salt if needed. The water will turn into a wonderful gravy. Serve over rice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 08, 2003


      Excellent! I love lima beans and like the first reviewer had never added garlic before. The garlic adds alot of flavor. Thanks for a wonderful southern recipe!

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    • on April 06, 2003


      This is great. I have made lima's before, However I have never added garlic. Plus I have not cooked the Ham Hocks and the onion and garlic together. It sure makes a big difference. Thank You for the wonderful idea and the recipe.

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    • on January 08, 2012


      My grandmother was from Louisiana and she made this with salt pork or picnic ham. My mother continued the tradition and now I am making it. I do soak the beans overnight, then in the morning I bring the beans to a boil, add a teaspoon of baking soda, and boil for 5 minutes. Then rinse them and return to the stove with just enough water to cover the beans. To that I add pieces of ham (usually a lot of ham) and boil them all day, adding water as necessary. The beans get really mushy, which is how I like them, and I wouldn't think of adding any garlic or onions or any other spices because it's perfect just the way it is.

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    Nutritional Facts for Southern Lima Beans With Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (73 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 62.5
    Calories from Fat 16
    Total Fat 1.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 143.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 2.5 g

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