Butter Beans

Butter beans is one of those great dishes that are best when prepared very simply. If you haven’t had them in a while (and especially if you didn’t care for them much as a kid) give them another try. I’m sure they’ll quickly become a family favorite.


Butter Beans
Recipe Type: Side Dish
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Serves: 6 – 12
  • 1 pound dry lima beans
  • 2 quarts tap water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup of margarine (1/2 a stick)
  1. [img src=”http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/butterbeans-300×200.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”200″ class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-23255″]Soak the beans overnight in the tap water, or bring them to a boil, cover them and let them soak for an hour in the boiling water. After soaking, simmer the beans for about an hour, or until they are almost tender. Add the salt, pepper and margarine. Simmer the beans for another half hour or so, cooking until they are tender, but not mushy, and the broth is somewhat thickened.


This may be served as a main dish with Hoe Cakes. It can also be served as a side dish with a roasted chicken. This recipe serves 6 as a main dish, or 12 as a side dish. It may be doubled to serve large crowds. This is a traditional southern dish, it is cheap and quite delicious.

These butter beans make a great side dish. If you’re looking for a one pot meal, take a look at this sausage bean skillet recipe or browse through some of the other bean recipes.

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