This is an easy, basic lima bean dish with ham, onion, and seasonings. Even if you aren't a fan of lima beans, I think you'll like this dish. Dried lima beans — or butter beans — become tender and creamy when cooked, and they're much better tasting than canned. Besides, one pound of dried beans makes as much as about three to four 15-ounce cans. So they are also much easier on the budget.
The beans are first cooked in plain water with the onion and ham until tender. Don't add the salt and seasonings until the beans are tender.
In this dish, the dried lima beans are cooked with ham, onions, and seasonings. These lima beans are delicious with cornbread or serve as part of a big family meal.
- 1 pound dried baby lima beans
- 2 quarts water for soaking
- 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
- 1 meaty ham bone plus leftover diced ham, as desired
- 3 to 4 cups water, to cover
- 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- dash cayenne pepper
- salt, to taste
Soak the lima beans in about 2 quarts of water overnight.
Drain and put lima beans in the slow cooker insert. Add 3 to 4 cups of fresh water just to cover the beans and stir in the chopped onions and add the ham bone.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or until the lima beans are tender.
Add any extra diced ham, the Creole or Cajun seasoning, and black and cayenne peppers. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until the beans are very tender.
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