As far back as I can remember, I loved lima beans; large or small, fresh, frozen, canned, or dried.
A real treat to me, frozen Fordhook lima beans showed up on every holiday table in our Coal Region home. They were as traditional a part of the meal as the bread or potato filling, candied sweet potatoes, pepper cabbage, and ham or turkey for every celebration.
But I don’t really know why they were relegated to special occasions at our house; perhaps they were more expensive that other frozen vegetables or maybe not easily found. Whatever the reason, they were as special to me as any other dish on the table.
The large green limas just scream “home” to me. While living in New Hampshire, the veggie love of my life was really hard to find; the more difficult to locate, the more my craving for them grew.
About six years before my best friend, Peg, passed away, I drove from NH to visit her and explore “home”; see what was new and what remained the same.
Shortly after arriving at her home in Ashland, PA, we struck out to do some shopping in the area. As I swooned over sticky buns, luscious pieces of smoked ham, chubs of Lebanon bologna, and blocks of scrapple on display throughout the store, she asked me, “What would you like right now?”
As she barely finished her words, I turned my head and my gaze fell right on bags of frozen Fordhook limas through the clear glass freezer door. “Those!", I exclaimed. I ripped the door open, grabbed a bag, threw it in the cart and 30 minutes later, those green beauties were cooking away on her stove top.
I drained them, plopped them in a bowl, tossed them with salt, black pepper, and a generous pat of butter, grabbed a spoon, and devoured them. (Yes, I did share with Peg.) To this day, those were the best lima beans I ever had
Now, back living in Pennsylvania, I do not have nearly the difficulty locating frozen lima beans. They still have a cherished spot on the holiday menu, but my husband does not care for them, so I valiantly work my way through them myself (oh, what a chore…).
When fresh corn season rolls around, I put my trusty lima beans to work in a basic succotash my Nana used to make. Although succotash recipes vary from region to region, this very basic version is my favorite.
I have been known to make a bowl of this my entire supper — and you will not hear me complain. I look forward to leftovers as much as enjoying it on the first day it’s made.
If you prefer to skip the bacon in the recipe, saute the onion in 2 Tablespoons butter and proceed as directed.
Read the whole article and find the recipe on A Coalcracker in the Kitchen