I finally got around to using the Rancho Gordo Christmas lima beans that came to me last week in my Fruit Guys box.
Christmas limas are firmer than most other beans and have a very chesnut-like taste.
I soaked, then boiled the beans with a few garlic cloves. After that, I drained them and treated them fairly simply with white wine, chicken broth, herbs from the kitchen garden, and a bit of turkey Italian sausage and ham.
I was pleased with the simple, yet satisfying results. Serve the beans with some French bread and a crisp, young white wine.
Christmas Limas with White Wine, Italian Sausage, and Ham
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C onion, small dice
1 1/2 C chicken or vegetable broth
1 T parsley, minced
1 T rosemary, minced
1 T sage, minced
1 T thyme, minced
1 T oregano, minced
1 C white wine
1/2 lb Christmas limas, boiled and drained
2 links less fat turkey or chicken Italian sausage, sliced
3 small tomatoes, quartered
2 oz smoked ham, diced
Kosher salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper to taste
1) Mix together all herbs and divide in half.
2) Heat olive oil in a large saute' pan over med-high heat.
3) Saute' onions, garlic, and half of herbs in olive oil.
4) Add beans, tomatoes, ham, and sausage to saute' pan.
5) Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for 40 mins or until all but 1/4 C of liquid is absorbed.
6) Season to taste with salt and peppers.
7) Add remaining herbs, and stir to mix.