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Friday, October 8, 2010

Chew on This | Lima Beans with Bacon and Sour Cream

We love lima beans and if we are fortunate to have enough fresh ones to make a few servings, we're over the moon...but thank goodness for Hanover Frozen Limas...

they are:   delicious
                   always available
                   I don't have to bend over and pick them - really big bonus

Back in the day, I started out just making the limas with butter, then progressed to limas with onion and butter. Now we like them with the works!!  Guess that’s the American way. You’ll find this dish is a very tasty side that goes well with meat or poultry.

This is what you will need to make Lima Beans with Bacon and Sour Cream:

Lima beans, bacon, onions, sour cream, butter and salt and pepper to taste. Optional: diced garlic...to me, garlic is like butter, the more, the better - yum!


Let's start by frying the bacon in a medium sized skillet.  Call me lazy 'cause recently I have started cutting up my bacon with my cooking shears…saves frying time and the pieces come out in nice chunks and I don’t have to spend time crumbling.

Fry it until it’s crisp.

When the bacon is crisp, remove from the pan and drain - set aside a few pieces for
the garnish on the top of finished dish.  Remove all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon dripping
from the pan.

 Dice your onion and garlic.

Now drop them in and sauté them in the bacon drippings until soft.

When onions are soft, rinse the lima beans and combine with the yummy bacon.
It smells so good that I could start my dinner now!

In they go.

Cook those babies in a cup of water for about 15 minutes or until they reach your desired tenderness…we like ours very tender.

Now stir in the sour cream - really good stuff - and blend.  If you want more sour cream
...go for it!  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer to a nice serving dish and garnish the top with the reserved bacon pieces.

bon appetit!


Here is the recipe:

Lima Beans with Bacon and Sour Cream

1 ½ pounds fresh lima beans or 2 pkgs. frozen Hanover Lima Beans
1 large onion, small dice
8 slices of crisp fried bacon, save 3 T of drippings 
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup sour cream, or more
Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse lima beans if fresh, if frozen defrost in colander.

In a medium skillet, fry 8 slices of bacon until very crisp.

Remove 2 slices of the bacon, drain and crumble for the top

Dice 1 large onion (small dice) and finely mince the 2 cloves of garlic.
Saute them in 3 T of the bacon drippings until tender.

Add the lima beans and about 1 cup of water and simmer until limas have reached
the desired tenderness, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and add 1 cup of sour cream. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer to a nice serving dish and garnish the top with the reserved bacon.

Note: If you have to reheat, use a medium low temperature as the sour cream might separate or curdle over too high a temperature.

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