I'm not advertising for Camellia Beans, but I was raised on
Camellia Beans. I love BEANS! ...and cook most of them, pretty
dang good. This is a favorite lima bean recipe passed downed
(sort'a) from my Dad and Mom. Of course I took away and
added a couple of ingredients and spices and I expect my Kids
to do the same to make it one of their favorite dishes.
1 lb. package of large dry lima beans (pre-soak
over night then drain)
1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
one diced jalapeno
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 lb. cooked diced ham
1/2 lb. diced smoked sausage
2 or 3 smoked ham hocks
1 can of your favorite beer
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of self rising flour
* seasoning: salt, black pepper, white pepper, red
pepper, Worcestershire and basil flakes. Use your seasoning
In a large iron pot; boil, cut, and, simmer the hocks in 6 cups of
water. Season with a little salt, black pepper, white pepper and
red pepper and simmer for at least two hours.
Make a light chocolate colored roux in a large skillet
with the olive oil and flour. Carefully add the chopped
vegetables, parsley, jalapeno and garlic to the cooked roux and sauté
until the vegetables are wilted. Spoon-in the roux into the pot.
Add the beans, ham, sausage, beer and enough water to cover if
needed after your stock has cooked down and a couple more dashes
of your seasonings.
Bring to a slow boil then cut heat to simmer for at
least 2 hours. Skim fat from the top as the pot cooks and add a
little more liquid (water, chicken broth) if needed. When the
beans are tender, taste in case you need a little more seasoning.
That's it. Maybe sounded a little complicated, but
it's not, and, the taste is real rustic, Cajun eats.
Serve over a mound of Rice with a little Gumbo Fillet sprinkled
over-top. Pop's always made Cornbread with this. Momma made
Biscuits. Granny would have both, plus Rabbit Dumplin's, Fried
Chicken and a bunch of cookies and cakes for us kids!